In Her Words: Dorothy's Story

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In Her Words
Candid profiles of strength told by the women of Northbridge

Throughout the month of March we have collaborated to celebrate Women’s History Month and the rich history of the amazing women living in our communities. Their candid stories are brimming over with love, happiness, passion, family values and the markings of individuals who have truly lived well and loved life.

Dorothy’s Story (Resident of Autumn Glen at Dartmouth)

What is your name?
Dorothy Amaral

What are the names of your parents and brothers and sisters?
My parents were Charles and Alice St. Pier. My siblings were Alice, Robert, Philimin and Irene.

How did your parents choose your name? Does it have a special meaning? Did you have any nicknames?
My name means Gift of God.

When and where were you born?
I was born in New Bedford on August 18, 1927.

What kinds of things did your family do together when you were young?
We played cards and on the holidays we had a big gathering at my house.

What did you love to do with your friends?
We went to the movies and we would go into Boston on the train!

What schools did you attend? What were your favorite subjects?
I went to New Bedford High School and my favorite subject was math.

If married, what is/was your husbands name? How did he propose?
Lionel proposed to me with an engagement ring in hand, in the car, by the water.

What are your children’s names?
Susan and Gonzalski

What are some special memories you have about your children?
I always had a good time camping at Peter’s Pond in Sandwich, MA

Where have you lived?
I lived in New Bedford all my life before moving to Autumn Glen in Dartmouth.

Have you had jobs? Who did you work for and what did you do?
I worked for 40 years for the New Bedford School District. I was the Principals clerk in the school department.

What are your hidden talents?
My work was my talent.

What did you do to get through the difficult times in your life?
Spend a little today and save for tomorrow.

Do you have holiday traditions? What do you do for the holidays?
Getting together with my family.

What are some of your favorite things?
Colors- Green
Books- Mystery’s
Songs- Old time songs are my favorite

What are some personal experiences that have especially touched your heart?
The birth of my daughter and the good times my husband and I spent together.

What are your favorite things to do now?
Trivia, Name that Tune, Socialize, anthying that makes me think or makes me laugh.

What are your favorite experiences to partake in at your community?When we have Big Band music outside!

What do you hope for your children and grandchildren?
That they make the right decisions and have a great life.

What is your biggest piece of advice?

Sum up your personality in one word...