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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:00 am

Mrs. Dorothy Minks of Union celebrated her 90th birthday in St. Clair with 54 friends and family, both local and from as far away as Seattle, Wash.

Formerly Dorothy Parks, she was married on Sept. 16, 1939, to James Walter Minks, now deceased. They were happily married for 68 years.

Their six children, Carlene Grim of Milwaukee, Pat Jurgesmeyer of Warrenton, Dan Minks of Beaufort, Diana Vollmer of San Francisco, Calif., Gary Minks of Houston, Texas, and Donna Moosman of Eureka, all attended with their spouses. She also has 15 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren, many of whom were in attendance. Her siblings, Wayne Parks and Joan Thornton, and their spouses also were present.

She was born Feb. 4, 1923, in Anaconda, the oldest of eight children. She attended Old Morrelton Grade School and graduated from Sullivan High School with a teaching certificate. Her parents were Leigh Elizabeth, known as Dollie E., and Roscoe Parks, a second generation blacksmith.

Dorothy was an award-winning leader of the Indian Prairie 4-H and JFA clubs for many years, as well as a member of the local WPFA. She is a member of the St. Clair First Baptist Church and was active as a Sunday school teacher.

Prior to retirement, she was the information officer for the Mideast Area on Aging, providing information to seniors in several counties via newspaper articles, radio talk shows and in person.

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