By Rick Banas of BMA Management, Ltd.
A special Birthday Party was held last week at Heritage Woods of Ottawa for Dorothy Love, a resident of the affordable assisted living community in Ottawa, Illinois.
Sudsy, the Ottawa Township High School (OTHS) mascot, was on hand to lead the cheers, and Ottawa Mayor Robert Eschbach presented Dorothy with a Key to the City. Also in attendance along with residents and staff members were Dorothy’s daughter, Joan Gunther, and granddaughter, Gretchen Granville.
They were all there to wish Dorothy the best as she celebrated her 100th Birthday.
Dorothy is a retired teacher and the wife of legendary OTHS Basketball Coach Gil Love. In 2011, Dorothy joined her husband in the OTHS Hall of Fame. She also is in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as a friend of basketball. She has attended virtually every varsity boy’s basketball game at OTHS since 1944.
In 1992, Dorothy and her family established the Gil Love Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of Gil.
She taught school at the Waltham Elementary School District (WESD) in Utica, Illinois.
When asked about her longevity, she attributed it to the lifestyle she enjoys at Heritage Woods.
“I am thankful for all of the love and attention you have given me,” she said.
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