Dorothy "Dottie" Farrington Gribble was born in High Point, North Carolina. After graduating from Colfax High School in 1936, she worked for the Mojud (Beringer) Hosiery Mill in Greensboro.
Gribble enlisted in the WAAC in early 1943 and attended basic training at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. She did additional training at Russellville, Arkansas, before being assigned to the 89th Headquarters, Air Force, at Bergstrom Field in Austin, Texas. There she served in a personnel office doing administrative work for a year. She left the WAC following her marriage to Bill Gribble, who was also stationed at Bergstrom, in June 1944.
Following Bill Gribble’s discharge several years later, the Gribbles returned to Greensboro, where Dottie took a cosmetology course and started a beauty shop. She also worked in telephone sales for Sears. Following her husband’s death in 1963, Gribble went to work for Berry Water Gardens in nearby Kernersville for twelve years. She then worked in the telephone sales department of J.C. Penney's department store before returning to Sears telephone sales and contracts. Dorothy Gribble died on 12 June 2007.