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Super Senior: Dotty Streeter

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DORSET, Vt. -

Dorset village looks like you stepped into the past with all white homes. The buildings are landmarks and Dotty Streeter is a bit of a legend.

Dotty: I grew up walking.

Reporter Joe Carroll: You grew up walking.

She's been doing it for decades in town.

"It's peaceful. It's like going to church. It gives me time to think," said Dotty. 

At the United Church of Dorset there's Sunday service and twice a week there's a senior stretch. The 87-year-old is the leader of the class.

"It's just part of her core of keeping active, keeping life going around her," said Linda O'Leary, friend.

It's a small, but loyal group.

Carroll: There's a lot of laughing here.

Group member: Yes, always.

Three members of the group are retired teachers, including Dotty.

Carroll: So these, are these just older kids?  

Dotty: Yeah!

Dotty is strong. Her speech, though, wavers.

Carroll: Can we talk about your voice?  

Dotty: A few years ago, I got so I could only talk like one word.

She has constant tremor of the vocal cords.

"But it doesn't hurt me to talk anymore," said Dotty.

Like many, she has had her share of challenges. Her husband, Robert, died at just 58.  

Dotty: I've been so lucky.

Joe: Why do you say you're lucky? 

Dotty: Because my sister.

Her sister Audrey is her hero. She raised Dotty along with three other siblings when their mother died.

"She was just 17," said Dotty. 

Dotty was just 9 at the time and her father was a busy logger. Audrey cleaned rooms so that the family had money. At Dotty's house, memories of the past line the walls.

Carroll: But you took care of her toward the end.  

Dotty: Yup.

Life went full circle. When Audrey was dying, it was Dotty who took care of her big sister. She was with her at the end.

"It's such a peaceful town," said Dotty. 

Dotty's son looks out for her, but in a way, the townspeople are her family, too. They were there for her when Robert died.

"It takes time, but one thing, a lot of good friends here," said Dotty. 

Carroll: It sounds like you are very proud of this town.  

Dotty: I'm very proud of this town. I love this town.  

Joe: You love this town.  

Dotty: Yes.

"She's just a model. A model for young people," said Linda. 

It's a journey through life that goes one step at a time.

Dotty loves history, her latest project is preserving letters from past generation of Dorset residents. 
 

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