Furter has spring in her step at 90

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BORN in Idutywa in 1927, Daphne Furter celebrated her 90th birthday on February 2.

Daphne, who has always lived in and around East London, survived open heart surgery two years ago and lives at the Lynette Elliot Frail Care Centre. “I was a great gardener and I miss that, but you’ve got to make a life for yourself here. I get to spend weekends with Pearl [Daphne’s sister] at her house which is great,” Daphne said.

Daphne went to school at College Street and worked as a costing clerk at department store, Garlicks. She married Leon Furter in 1953 and together they had two children, Pier and Ian, who were both at her birthday party.

Sadly, Daphne has been widowed for the past 12 years, but has a crowd of close family and friends, who love her dearly and celebrated her birthday with her.

“I do miss my grandchildren and wish they were here with me today. One of my granddaughters is in the Netherlands now and how I wish I could travel with her,” said Daphne. “I’m feeling strong, one day I will, I’d love to see Austria and Switzerland.”

BIG MILESTONE: Daphne Furter celebrated her 90th birthday with close friends and family including sons Pier, left, and Ian Furter

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