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100th birthday celebration
100th Birthday

Odean (left) and Charles Hill (right), of Lugoff, recently traveled to Brooksville, Fla., to celebrate their cousin’s 100th birthday. Dorothy Ryan Guilliam (center) was born on June 8, 1919, in Edgefield. She was the seventh of 13 children born to Ed and Carrie Ryan. As a young child, she loved her elderly neighbors. Dorothy moved to, and worked in, Newark, N.J., after graduation from boarding school. She married Tom Guilliam and had three beautiful daughters. She also lived in East Orange and Montclair, N.J. Dorothy has been called by many names and has worn many hats during her 100 years. In the 1970s, she purchased a home in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she loved growing flowers, plants and fresh vegetables. She became a neighborhood advocate and was named Volunteer of the Year in 1999 by her neighborhood association. Part of her volunteerism was for Habit for Humanity. Three houses bear her name on the front steps. She has visited President Jimmy Carter’s peanut farm, and was on a panel discussing senior citizen issues with former First Lady Hillary Clinton. Ten years ago, on June 8, 2009, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker presented Dorothy with a proclamation naming that day “Dorothy Guilliam Day” in the city.