SHE was still working at the age of 95.
And now tributes have been paid to Mrs Doris Alderman, who has died just a day short of her 96th birthday.
She didn’t start work at Shaw Pallets in her home town of Slaithwaite until she was 66 and loved her jobs.
Diane Peace, of Shaw Pallets, said: “She started work as a cleaner and stayed with us for the best part of 30 years.
“In the past few years we have take on another cleaner but Doris still came in to work, helping sort things in the office, making teas and coffees and going on the sandwich run into the village.
“We at Shaw Pallet think our lives are richer for having had the privilege of knowing Doris”.
She was as born on March 12, 1918, and spent nearly her entire life in the village of Slaithwaite. She attended Slaithwaite National School until the age of 14 when she left to start her working life in various textile mills in the village. Her first job was at Pogson & Co in Bridge Street, the first task they gave her there was to help in cleaning up after a bad fire which had destroyed one of the mill buildings.
During the war she was conscripted to work at a secret factory in Yeadon, building Lancaster bombers and was forced to live in lodgings nearby. Afterwards she returned to Pogsons mill where she met and married Hilton Alderman and three sons quickly followed.
Sadly she was widowed at the age of 49, but despite this she supported her boys and all three of them went on to attend University.
At the age of 66 when most people are retiring Doris started as a cleaner at Shaw Pallet where she spent the next 30 years, which proved to be the happiest of her working life.
She appeared in the Examiner on three occasions, ‘Jeans for Genes Day’ and as the ‘Oldest tea lady in Town’. But her proudest moment was when she was asked to open the new pallet factory on the site of the old Pogsons Mill where she had started work so many years before.
She also appeared on the Hairy Bikers series of Meals on Wheels.