Dorothy Golden is the March Resident of the Month at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home.
She was born in Mishawaka, Ind., on April 21, 1926, to Herbert and Mabel Cain. She had four brothers and two sisters.
While Dorothy was young, her family moved to Lima.
During her childhood, she cared for her blind sister. At the age of eight, she learned how to crochet and has been crocheting ever since.
She also sang live on the radio for the Bethel Bible Class of the Air every Saturday night.
Dorothy graduated from Elida High School, where she learned to play the piano and accordion.
Dorothy and her fiancé Paul went overseas with the U.S. Air Force. He was shot down and killed over Germany.
She did not date for a while and continued working as a checker at the Lima Tank Depot where she met her future husband, Kenneth Golden. They married in 1946.
They had two children, Holly, who lives at Seneca Lake, and Dan, who lives in Troy.
When their children were in school, Dorothy and her husband owned a restaurant, laundromat, and apartments at Lake James.
Dorothy and Kenneth belonged to the Airstream Club for 17 years and visited many places in the U.S. They also flew to Mexico and England.
They built a new home in Florida and wintered there for 17 years.
While living in the south, she made some dolls for her grandchildren. She made a pattern, and her husband encouraged her to get a patent on the Golden Doll. She did, and since then has made hundreds of dolls.
She has finished 55 since coming to Fairlawn. Every year, she donates several to the Fairlawn auction.
Her husband died in 1996.
Dorothy remains very active, always crocheting something, playing her washboard (musical instrument) every chance she gets, and participating in many group activities.