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Published: Sunday, July 28, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Vitality: Over 50 and making the most of life

  • Dorothy Roth, 86, looks through a photo book with pictures from her life.  Roth played a season with the team the Bloomer Girls in a women's baseball ...

    Genna Martin / The Herald

    Dorothy Roth, 86, looks through a photo book with pictures from her life. Roth played a season with the team the Bloomer Girls in a women's baseball league in 1945.

They say everyone has a story. That may be true, but everyone doesn't have a story like Dorothy Roth.
Dorothy was still a senior in high school when she was recruited to play baseball for a professional women's team in 1945. It was a good job for the girl who wanted to earn money to continue her education.
Dorothy credits her time traveling with the girls of summer for giving her a little bit of polish. And the money she earned helped pay for college, where she met her future husband.
The celebrity didn't stop there. She and Al Roth were married on TV on "The Bride and Groom Show" in New York City.
Another athlete, Denise Cummings, also met her husband in college, on the track team. This 51-year-old has maintained her athletic fitness by teaching classes at the Marysville Y for 17 years.
She teaches classes for people of all ages, and her Fit Forever class includes at least one octogenarian, as well as a regular who is 95.
Another busy guy is muralist David Hose. You may not recognize his face on our cover, but you have probably seen his work.
The former "Moonie," who was married in a mass ceremony in 1970 in Korea, left the church in the 1990s and found his true calling creating public murals in Snohomish County a few years ago. He's working on one now at the American Legion post in Snohomish.
Maybe you've spent many years accumulating stuff. And maybe now it's time to jettison some of that baggage. We have some expert advice on how to downsize.
Call us if you have a story about your vital life to share.

In a league of her own: Dorothy Roth on playing pro baseball in 1945.
Energy to burn: Fitness instructor's high-energy style has made her a hit at the Y.
Time to downsize? Tips to help you get started.
The world is his canvas: Artist's murals are easy to spot around Snohomish County.
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