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Palmer turns 95 on Tuesday

Staff reports

Now that she’s almost 95, Topaz resident Dorothy Palmer concedes that it’s time to slow down.

Palmer, whose 95th birthday is on Tuesday, said she’s still involved with the Antelope Valley seniors citizens board, the USDA commodities project and the Antelope Valley Women’s Club. The women’s group scholarship program has always been of special interest for her.

She is also a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi, having been a member for many years.

“But I have slowed down,” she conceded.

Palmer has been active in many organizations in the Topaz-Walker-Coleville area since the 1970s, when the Palmer’s Topaz Lake Resort, operated by Palmer and her late husband, Cecil, was closed.

Among her many community projects have been supporting Coleville and Antelope Elementary School libraries and being a member of the Friends of the Library. She still attends public meetings when she can get a ride from friends.

For many years, she could often be found making cookies or knitting afghans to be used as gifts or door prizes for fund-raisers of all kinds.

“She’s been very active. You name it, she’s been active, and she still is,” said Neoma Hoffmann, a long-time friend. “We just consider her a great lady.”

Her story appears in an anthology of work by the Walker senior citizens group called “Cruising through the 70s, 80s and 90s,” available in the Mono County Library system.

“She’s a very good friend of ours and she’s well liked by everybody in the valley here,” said Dieter Hoffmann, Neoma’s husband.