It was truly aprapo that a week of celebration in honor of Ms. Dorothy Bradford Dorsey was dual in nature and a perfect representation to what this wonderful lady has done for the residents of Jackson Parish. Afterall, over the last half century, everytime she closed one door she stepped through another, each time bringing joy to another group of people. Now that she has called an end to an outstanding era of service where she blessed countless numbers of people while employed with the Jackson Parish School District, from now on it will be the many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren in her family who will be the main recipients of her love, creativity and dedication.
All through her five decade career Dorsey, who also co-authored a book about children coping with disabilities, left a legacy of acheivement and love. Whether it be to the children she guided as principal at Southside Elementary in Jonesboro or dealing with adults in her capacity as Elementary Supervisor / Child Welfare and Attendance at the central office of the Jackson Parish School District, Dorsey always lived by words of her favorite quote: Do unto other as you would have them do unto you.
On June 29th, Ms. Dorsey’s 50 years of service to the Jackson Parish Schools system was celebrated by members of the school board and those in the central office at a dinner in her honor hosted by the Catfish Inn in Jonesboro. A fun time was had by all as the many memories she shared with each brought ear to ear smiles and tears of joy.
Quitman High School Principal Billy Carter perhaps summed it up best.
“First of all she is just a wonderful person.” said Carter. “She was always pleasant and welcoming and had the rare ability to be able to diffuse difficult situations with ease. I will miss her and am thankful for the opportunity to work with her. To work 50 years in the same district is unbelievable but we are all the better for it.”
What will the woman who represented a mother figure to so many children in the Jackson Pasrish School system do not that she is officialy retired? Her post on her Facebook page leaves no doubt.
“I am Super Grandma,” she proudly proclaims.
She is also a super person who has left a super legacy and has been a super friend to all. May God Bless you with all his glory while you enjoy your retirement. You will be missed but never forgotten!
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