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Adorable Doris Cox celebrates her 100th birthday at Dufferin Oaks

When Shelburne resident, 81 year old Marian Jorgensen needed to have her mother, Doris Cox, a little closer, she decided, after great care and investigation, her mother would take residence at Dufferin Oaks, a home for Senior Citizens. Cox had been living on her own in Etobicoke and was welcomed to Dufferin Oaks with opened arms.
Change can be difficult but 99 year old Cox took it all in stride which is how she has lived her successful, well travelled, and wonderful life thus far.
On January 24th Doris Cox celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by friends, family. Mayor Ken Bennington was in attendance as well to present Doris with an n Official Birthday Certificate on behalf of the Town of Shelburne, commenting, “The Town of Shelburne wishes you a happy100th birthday and congratulates you as one of our Centenarians.”
While January 22nd was her actual birthday, Cox jovially acknowledges what being 100 years old means to her, commenting, “Oh it's great! It's great to be this age and still know who you are.”
Originally from Manitoba, having relocated, Cox started her career as a waitress at well known Bassel's Restaurant, located at Young and Gerrard in Toronto. With an obvious flair for book keeping and figures, Cox quickly moved up the ladder becoming manager for more than 30 years. Cox also worked for Pinkerton, a security company, where she worked on payroll, later working for H&R Block and learning to use a computer well into her 70's retired at the age of 85.
And what does Cox think of computers and technology? “I think computers are great! They are always the thing to come. Computers mean everything. You can't stop progress!” Cox Commented.
Cox has travelled all over the world, particularly enjoying, Scotland, Austria, Greece, and Rome. Finding the world so fascinating, Cox treated her mind to four different languages she learned attending night school.
Carol Anne Jorgensen had this to say about her husband, Eric Jorgenson's grandmother.
“Amazing cook, amazing seamstress, who enjoys discussing politics and history. She's a wonderful mother to Marian, grandmother to Philip, Randy and Eric Jorgenson, great grandmother to David, Sarah, Emma and Peter Jorgensen and will be a great-great grandmother in May. She is an amazing woman and despite her opinion to the contrary, she did indeed set the world on fire!”
Shelburne welcomes our newest Centenarian and as Cox herself humorously puts it, “I was born in 1915! That makes me an old gazooney!” Perhaps humour is Cox' secret to longevity.

By Alex Sher

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