Friends gathered at Wesley Uniting Church at Castle Hill last week to farewell Dorie Ethel Noy who passed away on January 10, ten days before her 105th birthday.
Mrs Noy, a resident at Uniting Wirreanda Retirement Village at West Pennant Hills, was a veteran and was given a tribute by the Castle Hill RSL sub-branch with members placing poppies on her flag-drapped coffin.
As a young woman Dorice served in the Women’s Auxiliary Airforce Force (WAAFs) and assembled spark plugs for airforce planes. She travelled the UK training young women and in that capacity met Queen Mary.
She migrated to Australia and worked in the British Embassy and then Vogue Australia for 10 years before she retired. She was married in her 70s, to widower David Noy and they enjoyed 10 happy years together.
Speakers described Dorice as a woman before her time who was independent, had a great sense of humour and loved knowing what was going on in her community, her country and the world. She was thrilled that she could see the opening of a train station in Castle Hill.
She loved travel and adventure and visited 33 countries in her lifetime. Her advice for a good life was; “Always be interested in various things.”