A positive outlook and trying to enjoy every single day has helped a Pinner lady reach her 100th birthday.
Dora Morgan has celebrated her milestone birthday with a family party at Sanctuary Care’s Haven Residential Care Home in Pinner.
Secrets to reaching 100
Born on Thursday 9th September 1915, Dora puts her secret to reaching her milestone birthday down to her positive outlook on life. Dora said: “I’ve always tried to ‘enjoy today and look forward to tomorrow’ – life is too short for unnecessary worry!”
Reflecting on how it feels to reach 100, Dora continued: “I feel so lucky, I’ve lived a happy life with good health and here I am today in 2015 celebrating my 100th birthday – you couldn’t wish for more than that.”
One of seven in Camden
The birthday girl was born in Camden Town, London, where she lived with her seven siblings, Ellen, Winifred, Florence, Charles, Edith, Ethel and Violet and parents Harry and Alice.
Growing up in the vibrant spot of London, Dora, who was a head girl at school, was a studious pupil during her studies which supported her life-long career in secretarial work.
Working into her nineties and finding love
Dora always enjoyed her career, which saw her working up until her early nineties, with highlights including employment as a secretary and book keeper at Shipman and King Cinema – owners and film distributors based in Shell Mex House, Strand, London.
Workaholic Dora did find time to find true love between shifts when she met her late husband-to-be Sidney Morgan at a cycling club dance, where the pair instantly hit it off.
Dora and Sidney went on to marry when the birthday girl was 26 in 1941 and have two sons and one daughter, Roger, Alan and Barbara, who all still live locally.
Four generations on
The Morgan family has now blossomed to four generations with four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, who were all present at Dora’s big birthday bash.
Dora’s middle son Alan said: “It’s wonderful to celebrate mum’s 100th birthday. She has done so much for us over the years and we feel very lucky to be reaching such a milestone with her.”
The Sanctuary Care home, where Dora has lived for seven months, manager Sheetal Shaikh concluded: “Dora is such a warm and kind lady, she can light up a room with her smile and even though she has only been at Haven for a short while, she already plays a big part in our home and everyone had a lovely time celebrating such a special birthday with her and her family.”