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Moose Jaw native celebrates 106th birthday in Kelowna

Happy birthday to Doris Drayton!
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Doris Drayton and Penny Venables (left). Photo by Don Plant, courtesy of The Daily Courier

Thirty friends and admirers helped Doris Drayton celebrate her 106th birthday at her daughter Penny Venables’ home in Kelowna on Saturday.

Born in Moose Jaw, Doris rode horses and taught in one-room schoolhouses before moving to Kaslo, B.C. in 1946. She helped found the library there and still does the New York Times crossword puzzle with Penny reading the clues and letters.

Doris and her family survived the Spanish flu that ravaged Saskatchewan in 1918. She doesn’t drink or smoke and attributes her longevity to the “three great loves in her life.”

She has lived in Kelowna since 1994 and zip-lined in Hawaii on her 100th birthday.

By Don Plant. Reprinted with permission from The Daily Courier