This Valentine’s Day, Dorrie Aber-Noyek is getting a lot of love at Memorial Regional Hospital as she celebrates her 106th birthday.
“I think it’s really wonderful!” she said.
To share in the celebration, her daughter and granddaughter both flew down from Canada.
"She inspires us, she’s a very wise woman. She’s a very giving woman, and she has the most beautiful smile. And the smile is what identifies her and everyone responds to her," said her daughter Audrey Steinhauer.
Aber-Noyek has been walking the halls and volunteering at memorial regional hospital for almost 40 years and many of her collogues say her work ethic and dedication is infectious.
Margret Groeninger has been volunteering with Dorrie for 12 years.
“She's been a joy to be with. She’s kind and gentle. She walks straight and always does a wonderful job,” Groeninger said.
At her age she’s been able to do a wonderful job because she loves to exercise by walking, but she says it’s the volunteering that keeps her feeling young.
“Because I’m busy. You cant think of anything else but what you’re doing,” Aber-Noyek said.
This birthday girl has been labeling and delivering mail at the hospital for decades, but long before World War II she’s always enjoyed giving her time.
“I don’t know. It’s a part of me that I want to give back what I receive. I feel that the community gives a lot to me, and I want to return it. That’s really the reason,” she said.