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Family celebration as Doris turns 100
2:40pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
KEEPING active is the key to long life, according to Doris Stone.
She celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends at a party in Shirley Baptist church on Saturday, though her actual birthday is tomorrow.
The Shirley resident said she had always been active and busy, which was important.
Born and growing up in Shirley Doris attended Itchen College on a scholarship aged 11, then went to work at the Royal South Hampshire Hospital in Southampton in the dispensary to study pharmacy, doing four nights a week at Southampton University.
Unfortunately the Second World War prevented her from qualifying as she was unwilling to leave her parents during that time to do the final year’s required study elsewhere.
During the war she worked in a doctor’s surgery in Oxford Street and remembers going to a shelter near the Cenotaph during a bombing raid.
“I was in there a couple of hours and when I came out the whole town was ablaze,”Doris recalled.
It was also in 1943 that she met her future husband Reg, who was a patient at the surgery she worked at.
They married the following year and had two children – son Keith, who lives in Farnham, and daughter Maureen Rowe, who lives in Gosport.
Sadly Reg passed away 17 years ago.
Keith, 67, said of his mother: “She’s wonderful, she’s always cheerful, always happy. She certainly is a great mum.”
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