(2/11/10) Welcome to the Life Story of Doris May Bowles, a remarkable 102 year old who lives in Cape Town South Africa. She was born Doris May Harrold in Barnham Broome, Norwich in 1908 to farming parents Ernest and May Harrold and was the third of eight children. Dorrie is much loved by all due to her wonderful disposition, selfless devotion to others through a lifetime of charity work and her extraordinary passion for people.
At 102 Dorrie is almost entirely self sufficient, she lives on her own, has no ailments other than struggling a bit with her eyesight and does not use a hearing aid or walking stick.
Dorrie has lived through two Word Wars and all the other events and developments that have occurred from 1908 until today, including the tragic loss of her son John in his early 30′s and the death eight years ago of her beloved husband Cecil. She is a mom, grandmom and great grandmom.
This wonderful interview is filled with memories, anecdotes & interesting tips about life from someone who should know…
Part 1: The early years, Dorrie’s parents, farm life in Barnham Broome, farm school …
Part 2: Memories of WWI, harvest time, childhood pranks & play, tennis evenings, school – later years, growing older…
Part 3: More on parents, the farmhouse, rustic living, ‘wonderful granny’, church, Easter, Christmas, farm parties …
Part 4: Skating, ‘my first love’, Xmas parties, courting, marriage to Cecil …
Part 5: The children Janet & John, coming to South Africa in 1939, Cecil goes to fight in WWII, Dorries charity work …
Part 6: Tragedy in 1965, moving to Pretoria, the Easter Stamp Campaign, Cecil the award winning railway horticulturalist …
Part 7: Moving back to Cape Town, turning 100, Cecils death, reflections on life and words of wisdom …
Part 8: BEHIND THE SCENES – A look into the everyday life of Dorrie.
Dorrie is handed her Life Story DVD - 26 October 2010
Doris & Cecil's wedding
Dorrie and Cecil's 50th wedding anniversary makes the headlines
100th Birthday with family and friends in Cape Town
Cecil & brother in Egypt during WWII
Dorrie and her children John and Janet
Dorrie and Cecil 1930
Farming in Barnham Broome
Dorrie's father farming in Barnham Broome
Dorrie's Christmas Stamp Award honouring decades of charity work
Dorrie's parents Ernest and May Harrold
Dorrie and her family
Barnham Broome, Norwich
Dorrie and her siblings
"The turkeys were the hardest to raise" - farm life in Barnham Broome