Remembering our dear friend Mabel

Mabel Dorsey at the park

Mabel Dorsey at Historic Yates Mill County Park last April, with (l-r) program director Rebeccah Cope, head miller William Robbins and Mabel's aide, Dee Simpkins.

Many of you who were involved in the early days of Yates Mill Associates will remember the dynamo that was Mabel Dorsey. As one of our organization’s founders, Mabel was an essential member of the team that came together to save and permanently protect the unique community treasure that we enjoy today in Yates Mill.

We’re sorry to say that Mabel passed away early on Christmas day at the age of 94. Her survivors include her two daughters, three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. She also leaves many friends, colleagues and admirers – including all of us at Yates Mill Associates.

We’re planning an appropriate tribute to be placed in the Finley Center at Historic Yates Mill County Park. In the meantime, be sure to read her obituary, which will give you a wonderful flavor of Mabel’s full life and the impact she made on so many people.

As she did in life, Mabel continues to give after her death by asking that memorial gifts be made to causes she supported. They are:

  • Yates Mill Associates, PO Box 10512, Raleigh 27605-0512
  • LL Polk House Foundation, c/o Peter Daniel, 15 Furches Street, Raleigh 27607
  • Farmville Community Cemetery, c/o Shelby Underwood, 2009 Everett Dowdy Road, Sanford 27330


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