The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

November 21, 2013

Stanly community remembers volunteer's efforts

By B.J. Drye, Editor

Thursday, November 21, 2013 — Dorsey Trivette was known for helping others.

Her philanthrophy of her time was recognized in early 2007 when she was named the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.

Community members spoke this week about Trivette, who died Nov. 14 at the age of 94.

Peggy Hill, whose husband Buck has been recognized as Citizen of the Year, spoke of the process for selecting Trivette, who had lived in the county for more than 60 years.

“It’s time you use some women,” Peggy recalls telling her husband.

Peggy and others gathered information about Trivette and Buck took the notes back to a planning meeting.

“After they read all about her and what she had done, there was no use to look into any of the others,” Peggy said.

“She was into everything. I don’t know how she did all that.”

Kathy Almond, now President and  CEO of the Chamber, knew Trivette through various organizations. Almond was there the night Trivette was honored by the Chamber.

“I remember everybody always saying how special she was because she was actually volunteering and helping people (younger than her). She was further along in years than they were,” Almond said.

“Every other organization I ever worked with she was on their volunteer list. Everybody always commended her for what she did.”

Becky Weemhoff, director of Stanly County Senior Services, said the senior center was fortunate to have her as a volunteer.

“Before her health prevented her from volunteering as much as she used to, she delivered meals for us and she would fold our newsletter,” she said.

“Dorsey was not one to complain. She was a wonderful, wonderful volunteer. She was a generous person with her time and talents.”

Trivette was also known for donating blood for several years, assisting Hospice of Stanly County, creating prayer shawls and driving the elderly through O.A.S.I.S., in addition to volunteering at the hospital.

Upon presenting her the award, Rev. Justin Hill, the preceding Citizen of Year, spoke of her accomplishments and summed up her efforts.

“This lady knows what life is all about, forgetting herself and serving others,” Hill said.

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