Dorice Noy, 102
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