Dorothy Mavis Carter — Positive Spirit and Beloved Grandmother

Dorothy Mavis Carter, aged 93, is my beloved grandmother. It amazes me how much she has seen change in her lifetime and yet it hasn’t fazed how she sees the world. She has moved with the times and is not in the least bit judgmental about how life is lived today.

One of the reasons I admire her is how positive she always is, reflecting on the good and never the bad. It has only been in the last few years, during which time her body has started letting her down, that I have heard her grumble a little. This is mostly due to an arthritic shoulder making it very difficult to cuddle her great grandchildren. I truly believe the fact that she has never dwelled on her body’s failings has meant that she has lived so long — long with a bit of luck!

Her humour is also something I have always looked up to. She has a quick, clever wit, superior to her six children, 20 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She brings to life the old saying “Laughter is the best medicine,” well respected, not only amongst her family and extended family, but one of life’s gems that everyone loves. For that, I am very proud to have Dorothy Carter as my grandmother.

-Rachel Voyce

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