102-year-old attends reunion

Published 10:37 am Friday, August 3, 2012

Mildred Doughty of Franklin received a standing ovation when she attended her 80th reunion at The College of William & Mary.

Mildred is the only person in the history of the college to attend an 80th reunion. She knows all the words to her alma mater, which is amazing since she turned 102 on June 16.

When Mildred turned 100, she still had a valid driver’s license and a car. At 96, she gave up driving. The state of Virginia gave her a driver’s license for five years at age 95.

Mildred moved from her Franklin apartment to the Village at Woods Edge six years ago at the recommendation of her doctor. She didn’t feel she was ready for an assisted living center.

Mildred is the mother of Linda Mahoney, Carolyn Chio, Gwynn Doughty and Elaine Burkhart.


• Got word that Britches, a kitten at the Isle of Wight Animal Shelter, is in need of a home.

Kennel attendant Sherry Tuck gave the 10- to -12-week kitten its name.

“When he runs, it looks like he has a pair of long johns on,” Sherry said. “He has white that goes up and across the back of his legs.”

Anyone interested in adopting Britches for a donation, should call the shelter at 365-6318.

As always, the shelter is in need of veterinarian care, medicine and food for its animals.


• Tesi “Pickles” Strickland has overseen the planning for the Camp Darden Reunion, part of the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast’s 100th anniversary celebration. The reunion will be held 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Franklin camp.

“These are going to be great fun,” Tesi said. “I’m already having a blast helping plan the reunion with former camp staff and volunteers. It’s like old times again.”

She has been involved in Girl Scouts for most of her adult years, initially as a volunteer and later on the staff.

“I became involved when my daughter, Wendi, wanted to become a Girl Scout Brownie,” Tesi said. “It was a dream come true for me. I always wanted to be a Girl Scout, but I never had the opportunity because I had an overprotective grandmother who didn’t allow me to do a lot of outside activities.”