Nelson’s Dorothy Bayoff had her 100th birthday on Thursday. She received letters of congratulations and well wishes from Queen Elizabeth, Governor General David Johnston and Mayor John Dooley.
Bayoff was born in Grand Forks on May 29, 1914 and later moved to the Thrums area. She married Walter Bayoff in 1936 and had two children, Edward and Janet.
They moved to Nelson in 1954. Dorothy enjoyed her sewing, gardening, cooking and baking. When she was the counter manager and baker at Woolworth’s, she was famous for her delicious lemon meringue pies.
Marrying into a musical family only enhanced her passion to sing and dance.
Especially after her retirement, Dorothy’s pride in her beautiful flower gardens was recognized by the City of Nelson Beautification program.
Dorothy also worked for the SOS (Save Our Services) campaign collecting signatures for a petition to preserve the Nelson hospital.
On May 24, a family celebration honoured Dorothy. Her daughter Jackie Evdokimo, from Phoenix and her daughter-in-law, Jackie Bayoff of Nelson, gathered with five generations.