On Sept. 3, 2012, in the company of family, friends and staff of Coteau Place, Doris Silcox celebrated her 100th birthday.
Her youngest son Lloyd, his wife Norma, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchild were all here in July for an early celebration with Doris.
In 1946 (Fat), Doris and their young family moved from Kennedy to Carlyle to run the business later known as Silcox Esso Service. They soon became very involved in the various organizations of the town.
Doris was a charter member of the Carlyle Eastern Star, served on the library and museum boards and was the first secretary of both the Home and School Association and the Parks and Recreation Board. Besides these involvements, Doris was a supporter and advisor to her husband when he served for many years as a town councillor and later as mayor of Carlyle.
Doris is a talented artist. She conducted art classes in many areas – Carlyle, Arcola and Kennedy. For years her sketches illustrated the stories in the Folklore magazine.
When they were 63 years of age, Doris and Fat purchased a farm east of Carlyle. Sadly Fat passed away at the age of 68 but Doris continued to live on the farm for the next 14 years.
Over the years Doris communicated with professors, botanists and climatologists and she has always been very interested in history. Her maps of the early pioneer trails of the Moose Mountains can be found in the Carlyle & District History Book.
Doris has bravely coped with sad times – the loss of her husband in 1980 the untimely death of her son, Chief Superintendent Lynn Silcox at the age of 61 and the passing of her five younger siblings.
In 1994 Doris moved into Carlyle and there she continued to be active, tending to her yard and garden, knitting and playing bridge.
Since 2008, Doris has resided at Coteau Place in Arcola. Although she is now unable to walk, she remains mobile with the aid of her indoor scooter. She continues to knit sweaters for small children and does crossword and word seek puzzles.
We thank Mauraine, Bette and staff for providing a caring and comfortable home for Doris.