Below is an article written about Doris Roberston by her daughter Jennifer Calder marking her 100th birthday in June 2015. In June 2017 she celebrated her 102nd story making her our eldest resident. To see a photo of her 102nd celebrations click here.
On the 12th of June 2015, Doris Robertson turned a very sprightly 100.
Born in St Heliers Auckland, Doris Stone grew up on a dairy farm with her 6 siblings. She helped deliver milk by horse and cart and was very fond of their workhorse, Jackson, who was a gentle soul. If a child fell off his back on the way to school, he would wait patiently until they got back on.
Doris enjoyed working in sales for PSIS for a number of years and was offered the management of her floor but gave it up to look after her mother.
She married Kenneth Robertson at St Heliers on the 1st March 1940.Ken no sooner held his first born Douglas in his arms than he was sent to war. Fortunately he returned three years later but his little boy had to get used to the idea of having a Dad around. They went on to have three more children... Lynette, Noreen and Jennifer.
Doris was a keen knitter and the children remember being beautifully turned out in Fair-isle jumpers. They also remember Mum’s wonderful cooking and especially her lemon meringue pie. Her skills in the kitchen have been handed down through the generations.
When her children moved abroad Doris frequently travelled to visit them. She visited Australia and Canada (where she even had a go at cross country skiing).
In time, Doris came to live at the Kerikeri Retirement Village with her three sisters Clarice, Elsie and Phyllis who all enjoyed the 10 or so years spent in the Wendywood Pavilion apartments with their gardens and each other’s company.
Now the proud Grandmother of 8 and Great Grandmother of 13, Doris has seen her family grow.
Her sense of humour and beautiful nature make her the lovely lady she is today.