Dorice Noy, 102

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community News -

Dorice Noy cel­e­brated her 102nd birth­day with fam­ily and friends at Unit­ingCare at West Pen­nant Hills at a fab­u­lous high tea.

The pop­u­lar res­i­dent chat­ted to all her guests and walked to greet peo­ple, in a de­ter­mined ef­fort not to show her age.

Dorice Lown was born in the Lon­don, sub­urb of Stoke New­ing­ton, on Jan­uary 20, 1916 and chris­tened Doris.

Her ear­li­est mem­ory is be­ing at her grandparent’s house when her fa­ther, who was in the army, re­turned from World War 1.

She said her fa­ther wasn’t in­ter­ested in ed­u­cat­ing his chil­dren so her first job was at the age of 14, touch­ing up pho­to­graphs. World War 2 broke out when she was work­ing in a large en­gi­neer­ing busi­ness. “I was do­ing quite well but I wanted to do some­thing more so I signed up,” she said.

She joined the Women’s Aux­il­iary Air Force (WAAF). She was so good at as­sem­bling spark plugs for the air­craft that she be­came a trainer and was posted around the UK. It was dur­ing her time as a trainer that she met Queen Mary who came to tour the train­ing fa­cil­ity. She said the War years gave women a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties. “I was 26 and I was very happy,” she said.

Af­ter nearly four years in the WAAF she re­turned to work and cared for her mother. When her mother passed away in 1957 Doris mi­grated to Aus­tralia at the age of 41 and changed her first name to Dorice.

Miss Lown worked at the Bri­tish Em­bassy for sev­eral years be­fore moving to Vogue mag­a­zine where she worked for ten years be­fore re­tir­ing at the age of 62.

She be­came an Aus­tralian Ci­ti­zen in 1980 and on Jan­uary 18, 1990, she mar­ried wi­d­ower David Noy who she met play­ing lawn bowls. He passed away six years later. She joined the Cas­tle Hill RSL sub-branch at the age of 99. Her guests for her 102nd birth­day in­cluded Don Tait and Chas Nay­lor from the Cas­tle Hill RSL sub-branch. Mrs Noy still loves a good con­ver­sa­tion but misses her favourite pas­times of read­ing and sewing which she can’t do any­more. She also misses trav­el­ling. By the time she was 100 she had vis­ited 33 coun­tries. Her ad­vice is: “Al­ways be in­ter­ested in var­i­ous things.”

"Al­ways be in­ter­ested in var­i­ous things."

Dorice Noy, 102, cel­e­brat­ing her 102nd birth­day with friends in­clud­ing Bruce Robert­son, 97. Photo by Bev Jor­don

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