Hether­ing­ton House res­i­dent marks cen­tury

Waihi Leader - - News -

Doreen Sin­gle had a dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion for her 100th birth­day at Hether­ing­ton House.

Staff cut the cake and gave Doreen flow­ers to mark this mile­stone date on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 12, along with some fam­ily mem­bers.

More fam­ily re­turned on Sun­day for an af­ter­noon tea with Doreen.

Born in Welling­ton on the Oc­to­ber 14, 1918, Doreen is one of three chil­dren, and her 94-year-old younger sis­ter was with her on the day to help her cel­e­brate.

Doreen was brought up on a farm in Matiere with her two sis­ters.

She mar­ried Leslie on July 25, 1942 and they went on to have eight chil­dren.

“Sadly Leslie (Ike) passed away 40 years ago and trag­i­cally a daugh­ter was lost in a car ac­ci­dent,” Doreen’s fam­ily said.

“Doreen is a great mother and very clever with her hands, do­ing beau­ti­ful knit­ting, cro­chet, ta­pes­try, cake ic­ing and sew­ing.

“She also made her daugh­ter’s wed­ding dresses,” they said.

Doreen and Ike moved to Waihi in 1966 with their fam­ily, and later Doreen went to live with her daugh­ter Pat and son-in­law Phil where she lived for 26 years be­fore mov­ing to Hether­ing­ton House.

Hav­ing lost her sight over the last 10 years it be­came nec­es­sary for her to move to Hether­ing­ton House in 2016 where she has 24-hour care.

Doreen fam­ily-ori­ented, and loves be­ing sur­rounded by her fam­ily — and es­pe­cially her cher­ished grand­chil­dren and great grand­chil­dren.


Doreen Sin­gle (cen­tre in blue) cel­e­brat­ing her 100th birth­day with her fam­ily.

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