(ABC4 NEWS – SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH) – She’s got an incredible smile, a lilting laugh and silver-coifed hair. She also happens to like a good Reuben sandwich with extra sauerkraut. Oh, by the way, she also happens to 95 years old.
Dorothy Bale just announced her retirement as the oldest Arby’s employee in the entire country.
Bale’s spirit and spunk are unrivaled for many people a lot younger than her. She said, “I’m always out doing something in the yard as long as the weather is good.”
Dorothy continued, “May 3, and it was 1924 when I was born. When I was a senior in high school, World War 2 started.”
She was raised in Colorado by a single mother. Like other women in the era, she worked in a military hospital in town. She then moved to Ogden, Utah to work in the Army Depot, back to Colorado and then back to Salt Lake City to work at the VA Hospital.
Along the way, she met her husband, Dennis Bale, who trained to be a dentist. He had a dental practice in Utah for years and died at the age of 66. A couple of years later, she decided that she wanted to stay busy and started working at an Arby’s restaurant a mile from her home.
With a glint in her eyes, Dorothy said, “I’ve been here for 25 years. I have loved Arby’s. They have been good to me, and I’ve met thousands of people.”
To celebrate her silver anniversary, Arby’s CEO Paul Brown gave Dorothy a replica of the famous Pharrell hat that looks a lot like the Arby’s logo.
She’s served about 10,000 meals a year or at least a quarter of a million meals over her career. That’s some serious roast beef.
Dorothy doesn’t need the job. Why is she doing what she does? She quickly replies with a laugh, “Seeing all these wonderful people that come in to see me.”
What’s Dorothy’s advice for a long life? She keeps it simple: “I just take one day at a time. I don’t worry about what happened yesterday and I’m not going to worry about what’s going to happen tomorrow. Live today. I live one day at a time.”