It was party time at Derriford House Residential Home in Fleet to celebrate Doris Beryl Pharo’s 100th birthday!

Doris was born on February 5, 1923 at Willey Mill Cottages in Farnham to Arthur and Amelia Fry. 

Her school years were spent in Shackleford as the family relocated for her father’s new job. 

On leaving school, Doris went into service before meeting her first husband, whom she married in 1940 in the parish church in Puttenham. 

Sadly, he was killed in Italy in 1942.

In the years after her husband’s death, Doris lived with her parents again – they had moved back to Weybourne.

During the remaining war years, she worked at the NAAFI in Guildford, packing up supplies for the troops abroad. 

After the war, Doris met her second husband, Thomas Pharo, from Hale.

They were married in 1946 at Hale Parish Church. 

They eventually moved to Heath End with their two daughters, Carol and Teresa.

Over the years, Doris had several jobs in Farnham which included working at a sweet factory on the Weybourne trading estate and at Swain & Jones in East Street. 

She finished her career at Farnham’s Sainsbury’s before retiring. 

Her husband Tom died in 1989 and, following his death, Doris continued living in Weybourne. 

After a few years she moved to Fleet to be closer to her daughters and spend more time with them. 

At the age of 95 she moved into Derriford House, a residential home, and is happily settled and well looked after.

Doris celebrated her milestone birthday surrounded by her family including grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

She was proud to receive her birthday card from the King and Queen Consort.