Dorothy hits the big 100

PUBLISHED: 11:44 07 February 2008 | UPDATED: 12:57 06 May 2010

Dorothy with her daughters Joan Crampton and Mavis Goodyear

Dorothy with her daughters Joan Crampton and Mavis Goodyear

GREAT-grandmother Dorothy Eames has just celebrated a wizard 100 years – despite her sister being stuck in Oz. Dorothy was 100 on Monday and had a party put on for her by the staff of Jane Campbell House in Waverley Road, St Albans, where she has been liv

GREAT-grandmother Dorothy Eames has just celebrated a wizard 100 years - despite her sister being stuck in Oz.

Dorothy was 100 on Monday and had a party put on for her by the staff of Jane Campbell House in Waverley Road, St Albans, where she has been living for the last 12 years.

Her daughters Joan, aged 67, and Mavis, 61, together with her grandson Paul, 42, joined her for the party where the chef did a special buffet lunch.

But Dorothy's only sister could not travel from Australia because she is in her nineties.

Dorothy was born in Edmonton, North London, and moved to St Albans when she was seven where she went to Bernards Heath School.

She went on to work in a box-making factory until she met her husband Walter, known as Willy, in a dairy in 1930.

He was a milkman who used to do his rounds on a horse-drawn cart and the couple keep the horse in a field in Folly Lane.

They were married at St Peter's Church in November 1932 and lived in Spicer Street where they brought up their five children.

Willy retired in 1970 but when he died seven years later Dorothy's late son John moved in to care for her as she had recently lost her sight to glaucoma. Joan said her mum coped well with blindness thanks to her resilient character, and she had never lost the wry sense of humour that had kept her going for so long.

When her grandson Paul told her he was 42, she laughed and told him he was getting on a bit.

Dorothy has eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

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