Dora was born in Peterchurch, England, and has lived an extremely fulfilled life. She has worked for landowners as a maid and nanny. The most memorable occupation for Dora was when she was employed by HRH Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.
Dora was employed as a housemaid and prepared rooms for dignitaries, and for a time, looked after Princess Alexandra. She was employed from 1960 until her retirement at 62 yearsof age. She then immigrated to New Zealand to be with her only daughter, Judy, and family in Howick.
However, Dora’s retirement was short lived as the ever active Gran began part time employment as a house keeper, looked after her daughter’s property and spent several days at the family factory in East Tamaki.
Always ready to lend a helping hand, Dora looked after her daughter, Judy, through her long illness. Later she became a carer for her son in law, Eric, after they sold the farm in Howick and moved to Pukekohe, as the area had become too busy.
Granddaughter, Sara, says that Dora is a tough cookie, and can only ever remember her breaking her collar bone.
“She was shooing her milking cow out of her garden in Runciman, and she must’ve been in her mid 70s by then!”
Dora took great pleasure in looking after her great-granddaughter, Jacinda, when Sara went back to part time work.
“Gran is always surprising us. Just last year she saved the house from burning down. We had massive lightening strikes that blew lots of power out in Pukekohe and we had a power short in our computer, which burst into flames. Gran closed the study door, called 111 and, using her walker, left the house. And this was at the grand age of 99,” says Sara.
When asked what her secret is to a long and successful life, Dora gave a slight smile and jokingly said, “Keep away from men and having children, they are trouble.”