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Life-long Newarker and resident of The Oaks Care Home, Balderton, celebrates 100th birthday




A lunchtime celebration marked the 100th birthday of a woman who has lived in the Newark area almost all her life.

Mrs Doreen White, of The Oaks Care Home, Balderton, was given a cake, and received a card from the Queen.

Her favourite chair was decked with balloons, and the lunch tables decorated.

The Oaks Care Home resident Doreen White celebrating her 100th birthday, pictured with her son John White and daughter-in-law Mavis White.
The Oaks Care Home resident Doreen White celebrating her 100th birthday, pictured with her son John White and daughter-in-law Mavis White.

Pupils from the nearby John Hunt Primary School sang Happy Birthday to her from the school playground.

Mrs White was born in Devon but moved to the Newark area early in her life.

She most recently lived in Priory Close, Balderton, before moving to The Oaks five years ago.

Her only son, John, and his wife, Mavis, live in Balderton, and both work part-time at The Oaks, so were able to be with her on her big day.

Mrs White also has two grandsons, Richard and Christopher White, and great-grandsons Harry and Finley, who live in Fernwood.

Mrs White worked as a land girl at Cotham in the second world war.

She married Tom, who worked for RHP in Newark, and then at Staythorpe Power Station.

She devoted her life to bringing up her son and enjoyed helping with her grandsons.

Mrs Mavis White said her mother-in-law had always vowed she would reach her 100th birthday.

“She was very excited about it,” she said.

“She was determined to get there and she has done it.”

Mrs White was very active until moving into The Oaks five years ago.

She used to cycle into Newark until she was well into her eighties, and was still catching the bus into town in her nineties.



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