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ABOVE: Doris Ford celebrated her 100th birthday on February 3, with a high tea. Image: Contributed.

Doris celebrates her 100th milestone

ABOVE: Doris Ford celebrated her 100th birthday on February 3, with a high tea. Image: Contributed.

Doris Ford celebrated her 100th birthday at St Catherine’s Villa Grafton on February 3 surrounded by her family and friends.
Mrs Ford’s nephew Richard Maguire said that Doris grew up at Waterview with her two older brothers and younger sister, on their parent’s farm.
“Her father died when she was about five and her mother eventually got remarried, to Walter Ellem. That marriage produced three more sisters for Doris.
“She attended school in South Grafton, finished at the age of 14 and then worked on the family farm.
“During the war Doris and her sister Elsie went to Sydney to work in a clothing factory at Marrickville. During this time their step father died and the girls returned home to work on the farm.
“She married Jack Ford in 1954 and they lived in Grafton. Doris and Jack didn’t have any children.
“Doris’s eyesight started to fail around 2005 and she is now practically blind.
“After her husband Jack died in 2010, her family moved Doris into Caroona Aged Care at Yamba, where she could be closer to her sister Elsie, who lived in Yamba.
“In 2015 Elsie was put into care at St Catherine’s in Grafton at the age of 96 and we were fortunate enough to get Doris in there also. Unfortunately, Elsie passed away three months later.”
Doris celebrated her 100th birthday with a high tea which was organised by the staff at St Catherine’s, surrounded by her friends and family.

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