Dorothy Lee Anderson was born in Bakersville on November 15, 1929. She was the youngest daughter of Lee and Dora Masters Greene. She grew up in Bakersville and was a graduate of Bowman High School. In 1950 she married Milton A. Anderson Jr. According to an Asheville Citizen-Times article from July 2, 1950, their wedding was officiated by Rev. Oliver Young. “The bride wore a white palm beach suit with navy accessories. Her corsage was a purple orchid. Following the ceremony the couple left for a wedding trip to Charleston, S.C.” They later built a house two houses down from her home place.

Dorothy held the position of librarian for the Mitchell County Library in Bakersville from 1949-1957. She was also an operator of one of the county bookmobiles. She worked at the Day Care Center and as the school secretary at Bowman High School. Her lifelong service of the Mitchell County community, includes serving as the Chairperson of the Mitchell County Library Board, Director at Bakersville Child Development, as well as a member on the Bakersville Medical Clinic Board. She also became the first woman deacon at Bakersville Baptist Church.

Bookmobiles serving, Yancy, Mitchell, and Avery counties lined up together in Spruce Pine after having new, special service doors installed. A mechanic from the body shop in Durham who builds bodies for bookmobiles made the changes. Robinson Chevrolet Company of Spruce Pine made their shop facilities available for the work without charge. Operators of the bookmobiles in the order in which they appear in the picture are Miss Dorothy Lee Greene, Mitchell County, Mrs. Wendell Thomas, Yancey County, and Mrs. K.L. Haga, Avery County.

Dorothy was an avid reader who loved books of all kinds. She was also the owner of an impressive National Geographic collection. Dorothy passed away on April 13, 2012 at the age of 82. She will forever be remembered as an outstanding neighbor and a friend to all. She loved children and had a strong passion for learning. Her many contributions to Mitchell County will have an everlasting impact.

 

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