Doris Alice Eyet Willets celebrated her 100th birthday April 21, 2021.
She was born third of 11 children to Archie and Iona Eyet, of Falls. Her siblings include Ruth Eyet, Dallas; Peggy Sohns, Tunkhannock; Mac Eyet, residing at the family homestead in Falls; and the late Marie Race, Barbara Schrader, Edgar (Zig) Eyet, Lucille Logan, James Eyet, and brother, Donald Eyet, who was killed at age 21 while serving on the USS Indianapolis. An infant sister, Eleanor, died shortly after birth.
Doris married Fred Willets on Nov. 17, 1945, at Dymond Hollow United Methodist Church in a ceremony officiated by the father of the groom, Pastor Howard B. Willets. During their lifetime together, they raised three children, Diane, Orange City, Fla.; Donald, Lakeland, Fla., and Patty, Hackettstown, N.J. They lived in several states, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and moved to Florida when they retired. In 1995, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in the hospital while Fred was battling cancer. He passed away in 1996.
Doris now resides with daughter, Diane, and her husband, Joe, in their home in Orange City, Fla. She enjoys regular visits to the hair and nail salon, regular church and related activities, visits from friends and family, including her six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A seventh grandchild, Danielle, passed away as a young adult.
Always cheerful and optimistic, when asked how it feels to have lived such a long life, she replies, “Each morning, I thank God for another day.”