I want to be this lady when I grow up (or ya know.. get older. heh)

APPLE VALLEY • Mary Dutro is the High Desert’s go-to person for information about tortoises and turtles.

The 78-year-old Apple Valley resident has a career in nursing that has spanned more than 50 years. She’s the secretary of the High Desert Chapter 0534 Association of Operating Room Nurses and she’s on the board of a local historical society. She also goes to the gym three times per week and still works on call for a local doctor.

But her passion is the desert tortoise, and Dutrow relates that she has had tortoises “on and off since 1960.”


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