Century Club: Her secret to long life was never hidden

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Dorthia Jackson’s secret for living to 100 is remarkably simple: “Hard work and loving my family.”

It’s really not a secret at all, but it does suggest the kind of person she is.

She was born on Aug. 15, 1914, in Maryland. In 1934, she married Joseph Jackson in Baltimore and they had six children: Kathy Jackson of Grove City; Dorthia “Dolly” Hawkins of Perry, Okla.; Andrew “Sonny” Jackson of Fort Howard, Md.; and Cindy Dennison, Alexander and Joe Jr., all deceased. The family moved to Butler in1969 and her husband died. She has 20 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Mrs. Jackson said taking care of children was her occupation, and needlepoint, crocheting and sewing were her hobbies. She is a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Butler and now lives at Concordia at Cabot in Butler County.

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