91-year-old WWII Wives veterans reunite in Joplin after seven decades
After seven decades apart, two 91-year-old WWII veterans are reunited in Joplin this week, to fulfill a bucket list wish.
It has been over 70 years since Dorothy Borders and Doris Yeakey last saw each other, and it turns out distance really does make the heart fonder.
“I always said the last thing that I wanted to do before I passed on is to see Doris,” said Dorothy Borders, Charlottesville, VA resident.
“To get to actually see her is really something I’ll never forget,” said Doris Yeakey, Joplin resident.
Dorothy and Doris met when they both served as members of the US Navy WAVES during WWII, based at a Naval Air Station in Dallas, where they lived in the same barracks.
Both worked as store keepers, Dorothy in supplies, and Doris in dispersing.
“Dispersing, where we paid all the personnel on the base,” Yeakey said.
“They came to us to get the supplies that they needed to repair the planes,” Borders said.
After the war, Doris and Dorothy lost touch.
Until 2011, when Doris lost her home in the Joplin tornado, and Dorothy called to check on her.
They’ve been corresponding ever since.
That’s why Dorothy’s family decided to drive her the 17 hours from Charlottesville, VA to Joplin for a long awaited reunion.
“It’s such a blessing that their friendship has lasted all these years, and we really appreciate the service to their country that they did,” said Lois Williams, Borders’ daughter.
Doris and Dorothy will both turn 92 next month, and say their friendship will no doubt continue on even stronger than before.
“So many things to remember, and I’ll never forget her,” Borders said.
“A special event, and a special blessing that we won’t forget,” Yeakey said.
Borders heads back home to Virginia tomorrow afternoon.