Hathaway Manor celebrated five of their residents who reached 100 plus years old this year. Let's take a look at the lives of these ladies who have a century of wisdom and memories.
Lois Vanorski turned 101 on April 28. She was born, raised and lived most of her adult life in New Jersey. She was married to her husband, Francis, for 60 years. They had two children, a daughter who has since passed, and a son. They have five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Lois was always a go-getter. She always kept busy with house work and yard work it wouldn’t have been odd to see her painting her own house. Lois always loved to cook, she enjoys watching golf, and playing bingo. Her favorite color is Lilac.
Mary (Ornellas) Ferreira turned 100 on May 11, she was born and raised in the New Bedford area. She was married to her husband, Manuel, and they have one son, Thomas, and four grandchildren. Mary says she worked at Eastern Sports Wear as a stitcher for many many years. Mary remembers as a child she loved to play sports with her many brothers — basketball, baseball and football. She recalls she got right in there and played along. Mary states she loves comedies and musicals anything with Dean Marin or Frank Sinatra would be a favorite. Mary acknowledges that her family and friends are most important to her. She is happy to be her at Hathaway Manor where she has made many new friends and a new home for herself.
Juliette Higham is Hathaway Manor's eldest resident and turned 103 on May 18. She was born, and raised in the New Bedford area. She went to Catholic schools and was a high school graduate. She was widowed two times, the later of them to William “Bill” Higham. Juliette did not have any children. She worked for New Bedford Gas & Electric Co in the gas department for many years. Julie was a member of the New Bedford Country Club all her adult life. She loved food and fashion. Juliette loves to collect books, reading, shopping, black cats, and her favorite color is white.
Virginia (Hickey) Brackman is an 101-year-old women who feels as though she is a mere 60. She was born and raised in Boston. A few years after she married her husband William they moved to Wareham, where she raised her family. She had a daughter and a son who have since both passed away. She has three granddaughters and four great-grandchildren who are all very involved in her life. She was a house wife who doted on raising her children. She loved to travel, after retirement her and her husband were fortunate enough to have traveled the world. Virginia is fondly known as “Nana” here at Hathaway Manor where shes known for her wit and punchlines.
Dorothy Martinez is a 101-year-old women who was born and raised in Boston and is a high school graduate. She married her husband Manuel and later moved to the New Bedford area she had one son, also Manuel, who has since passed. She worked as a clerk for CF Wings on Purchase Street in New Bedford. She is a huge Boston Red Sox Fan and loves spaghetti and meatballs.