Resident Highlight – Dorothy Stough
Dorothy was born in the city of Grand Rapids on March 9th, 1922 and was raised here in Allegan. She was happily married to her husband John for over 50 years and together they raised three children; Val, Ted, and Linda. After her last child was born, she went back to Allegan High School and graduated in 1957, so she could go to nursing school. While at Nursing School, she obtained her LPN. From 1969 to 1974, she worked as a Charge Nurse at the TB Sanitary State Mental Hospital in Kalamazoo. Throughout her life, she also worked as a private duty nurse taking care of former Congressmen and former mayors. She also took care of her parents. In 1974, Dorothy decided to open her own ear piercing business called, “Golden Dot.” She traveled all over the state of Michigan in her motor home stopping at Ames, Big Wheel, and K-Mart Parking Lots, running her business inside their stores. Never having a dull moment in her life, Dorothy became a Private Investigator in Kalamazoo in 1965 and worked there until 1969. She also held memberships with the Business Professional Women for 2 years and the Lady Elks for 20 years. She also worked as the secretary for the Lady Elks in 1979-80, and was the Secretary and Vice President of the Michigan State Employees for 5 years. In her “down-time,” Dorothy enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and sewing. Dorothy liked to paint with water colors and work with crafts. She traveled all over and really enjoyed camping. Dorothy takes it easy now and enjoys a visitor or two; especially if you’re a little kid, they light up her world.