Auntie Doris has died - having notched up 101 years on planet Earth.
My Auntie Doris was born in 1909 when motor cars were limited to 20mph - she lived to see Richard Noble break the land speed record in a car in 1997 when it achieved a speed of 763mph. She was born when man was first taking to the air and lived to see man walk on the moon. She saw the arrival of the talkies, television (3D television), the computer and many other 'modern marvels'. I had a long chat with her on her 100th birthday, recording it for posterity but even I was caught out by her longevity. When I asked her if she remembered the celebrations at the end of the war she simply asked "Which war?". She'd seen two world wars of course - and had even watched Zepplins fly over her home town of Rugby. What was the greatest invention of her lifetime? She thought the TV but admitted that gas fires and central heating had done much to rid life of the drudgery and dirt of making and lighting coal fires each day. (I asked her 94-year-old sister, Olive, years earlier the same question and without hesitation she answered 'Tarmac'. She said people today couldn't imagine the way dirt and mud was brought in off the street into homes before the arrival of Tarmac). Doris experienced much sadness in her life of course, not least the death of her sisters, brothers and husband. "My memory is going" she told me on her 100th birthday. "I forget some things but not the things I want to forget". Rest In Peace Doris.
Published: August 17, 2010
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This is a touching tribute to a great lady who I will remember with immense affection. One of my fondest memories is her telling me she had solved the mystery of crop circles! She told me how she had left her dustbin lid on the grass and it left a perfect circular formation behind. Good old Doris.
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