Resident celebrates 105th Birthday at RiverWoods Senior Living Community

RiverWoods Senior Living Community hosted a birthday party for resident Dorothy Moyer, who turned 105 years old on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. Dorothy celebrated the milestone birthday with her friends at RiverWoods.

Dorothy was born to a Lutheran minister and school teacher in Hershey in 1914. Dorothy lived in parsonages growing up and said she was somewhat of a “Daddy’s girl.” She enjoyed accompanying her father on pastoral visits to his parishioners.

Dorothy majored in music at Susquehanna University and is the oldest living SU graduate as a member of the class of 1938. Moyer spent many years teaching private piano lessons to students in Shamokin, where she lived for many years, and in Sunbury. She had a total of 90 students during that period of her life.

She was married to the late Oliver Reuben Moyer for 31 years before his passing. Dorothy also had a sister, Arlene, who passed away. She has a nephew, John Witmer, and his wife Susan from New Jersey. They were unable to attend the party today but sent along flowers and a message saying they hoped Dorothy had lots of visitors and friends for her birthday.

Witmer said, “Dorothy has had a wonderful and fulfilling life and I hope she gets all the attention she deserves, because she is a remarkable woman.”

Shaun Smith, President & CEO at Albright Care Services, said, “To get to 105 and still be as active as she is, it’s fantastic. People are living longer lives. Those who consider coming to a retirement community now are often in their 80’s. We are starting to think of those in their 80’s being young.”

Nicolle Steiner, Activities Director at RiverWoods, said, “Dorothy is loved by all RiverWoods residents and staff who know her. I just adore her and the time I get to spend talking with her.”

Dorothy enjoyed cake and balloons for her birthday. She also received flowers and a blanket from Susquehanna University.