HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Carinya Hostel resident Dorrie Amor celebrated her 103rd birthday on Sunday, April 14. She still has some of her tennis trophies.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Carinya Hostel resident Dorrie Amor celebrated her 103rd birthday on Sunday, April 14. She still has some of her tennis trophies. Brooke Duncan

Dorrie celebrates 103rd birthday

WHEN it comes to living a long, happy, and fulfilled life, Dorrie Amor seems to have found the secret.

At 103 she's still smiling... and reading and sewing and staying up to watch sports.

Dorrie celebrated her 103rd birthday earlier this month at Carinya Hostel, surrounded by friends and family.

The Chinchilla News sat down with Dorrie to learn about her incredible life, and soak up the wisdom that comes with it.

Dorrie spent much of her life at Dulacca.

Her parents, John and Elizabeth Bell, owned a property in the area before moving into town to purchase and run the Dulacca Hotel while Dorrie was still young.

They also had a grocery store in which Dorrie helped out when she was old enough.

The hotel stayed in the family until 1966.

Dorrie didn't stay anywhere near as long though, marrying Walter Amor in 1936.

Together the couple had three children - Barry, Beverley and John - and the pair lived at Dulacca until Walter passed away.

Dorrie left for a time then, spending seven years in Toowoomba and 19 in Maroochydore, before returning to reside at Carinya in 2006.

In her time she's also gone much farther afield, visiting The Netherlands, England, Norway, Italy and Ireland.

"Through Europe was lovely, then over in England,” she said.

While her travelling days may be behind her, Dorrie finds plenty to keep her busy - including knitting, sewing, and reading.

As for her favourite genre, Dorrie can't go past a good romance.

"Anything that's very light,” she said.

As for sport, Dorrie was quite the tennis player in her day, accumulating, in her words, "quite a few trophies”.

These days she still sits up and watches Wimbledon, or any tennis for that matter.

She said she's noticed how different the players of today are to those of yesteryear.

"I don't mind them,” she said.

"Federer was a lovely player.”

But as for some players' behaviour, Dorrie had thoughts on that too.

"It's not good, some of them when you see them cracking their racquets on the ground and smashing it and going on, they go with the umpires and that, it shouldn't be like that,” she said.

Meanwhile, Dorrie still has her racquet from years ago.

And as for her advice on how to live a long and happy life, this is what she had to say: "I think just everything went so good and I enjoyed every day of it. It was a pleasure.”

She's never smoked and for Dorrie, living a "good, healthy, clean life” helped her keep going.

"I didn't seem to have any problems,” she said.

Nor did she drink much at all, though she said she does like having "a little glass of sherry occasionally”.

Her faith and family are incredibly important and, while Dorrie insists she's "just and ordinary person”, there was one thing she did say: "I certainly did enjoy life.”


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