BULWELL resident Dorothy Baldwin, who was Nottinghamshire’s oldest person, died on New Year’s Day at the incredible age of 111.
She passed peacefully away at Springfield Care Home on Lawton Drive, where she had lived for seven years.
Dorothy was born in 1902, just a year after the death of Queen Victoria and when the Boer War was still being fought.
Ethel Long, of Barnsley, is the only person in Britain older than Dorothy, having reached the age of 113.
Originating from the Carrington area of Nottingham, Dorothy was a city resident all her life and attended High Pavement School.
It was just a week before the end of World War One when Dorothy started work as a cashier with the London City Bank, later renamed the Midland Bank, on Alfreton Road, Nottingham. She went on to complete 38 years’ service with the bank.
Receiving piano lessons at an early age, Dorothy was a talented musician. She played in Nottingham Symphony Orchestra and became an Associate of the London College of Music.
She took up driving before tests were introduced and remained a keen motorist into her eighties. Skegness, Scarborough and Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire were her favourite destinations.
Dorothy never married but a relative, Derek Hazlewood, visited her regularly until he died two years ago. Derek’s wife, Kay (85), of Oxfordshire, afterwards kept in touch with her.
Previously, Dorothy put her amazing longevity down to drinking boiled cabbage water but she stopped taking this before she moved into the care home. She claimed it was ‘just my luck’ to have lived to such a remarkably big age.
Dorothy enjoyed her meals and never needed to rely on any medication. She was known to be a real character and quite feisty, refusing to do something if she did not want to.
Lucy Wells, senior carer at Springfield, said: “Dorothy will be very much missed. She was a wonderful lady and I will never forget her.”
Former Dispatch chief reporter Denis Robinson has taken a bouquet and a card to Dorothy at the care home on each of her last two or three birthdays.
He says: “I had put a note in my diary to visit Dorothy on 8th February, which would have been her 112th birthday. Sadly, this will not now happen.”
The funeral will take place at Bramcote Crematorium on Wednesday 15th January at 12.45 pm. All are welcome.