Dorothy Elkins’ Famous Pies Sell For Thousands at School Auction

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Farm Bureau member Dorothy Elkins, 94, loves supporting The Webb School in her hometown of Bell Buckle any way she can. In the 64 years she’s been working at the school, which recently celebrated its 150th graduating class, Elkins has become both a beloved member of The Webb School staff and a well-known baker among those in the school’s community.

She originally got the recipe for her famous chocolate meringue pie from a coworker over 20 years ago and has been baking the pies for friends, family, teachers and staff ever since. Her pies became so popular over the years, in fact, that they’ve often sold for thousands of dollars at school events. In 2018, one pie sold for $2,370 at an annual school fundraiser, and another went for $3,100 at this year’s annual gala and auction at The Webb School in January. Elkins continues working at the school on a half-time basis with one week on, one week off, and plans to continue working and baking her pies for as long as she’s able.

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