Mary Dorothy (Jones) Hawkes was born on June 7, 1939 to William D and Mary (Bourne) Jones. At the time of her birth her father insisted that she be named Mary because she was born on her mother’s birthday. Her middle name was for Mary’s best school friend. Instead of being called by her first name she was always called Dorothy to avoid confusion at family gatherings with relatives.
Dorothy had a brother , Donnie who died in 1992. He was a professor at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and a nephew, Todd who died in 1993, who was a lawyer in San Diego, California. She was very proud of both of them.
She has a sister-in-law Barbara who is the sister she never had, a nephew Brad and Stacy and 3 great nieces, Anna, Lydia and Claire who live in San Clemente, California that she is very proud of also.
Dorothy attended New Cumberland Schools grades 1 through 12 where her favorite subject was band, she loved playing those John Phillip Sousa marches and to this day loves to hear them. After graduation from NCHS she attended Steubenville Business College where she completed the Office Management Course. In 1959 she was hired at Weirton Steel Company in the Manifest/Invoicing Department where the invoices for all of the steel shipments were processed. During the 36 years at Weirton Steel she had several promotions and retired as a Senor Invoice Clerk.
After retiring, Dorothy got more involved with the organizations that she belonged to by volunteering for more projects since she had the time to work on them. Among those that received her volunteerism are: The New Cumberland Young Woman’s Club which is no longer an active club, The Woman’s Club of New Cumberland which is also no longer an active club, The New Cumberland Lions Club and the New Cumberland Hall of Fame. She even volunteered to fill the vacancy of secretary at her church, St. Thomas’ Episccopal when the secretary left, where she volunteers to help with the church’s Annual Peach Festival and Christmas Bazaar. Most recently she agreed to be the president of the New Cumberland Lions Club. She has also served as president several times for both Woman’s clubs and served as president of the Northern District of the West Virginia General Federation of Women’s Clubs.
After retirement an old friendship was renewed and in October 1999 she married George Hawkes from Toronto, Ohio. They made their home in the house where Dorothy was born and were very happy until 2020 when George died due to complications of Parkinson’s.
To fill whatever free time she has, she enjoys doing crafts and most recently made crocheted lap robes for a friend in the Tri State Marines Auxiliary that were given to veterans at Christmastime.
Dorothy still lives in the house where she was born with her 4-legged roommate, Snoopy, and says that she would never leave New Cumberland, which she calls “her town” because her roots go to deep and besides who will take over her many hours of volunteering.