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Hair-raising birthday



Westbrook Street resident Pauline Morris gets her hair done Oct. 21 by Sharon Pratt, at Flair for Hair located in South Portland's Knightville District. The weekly ritual came just days before Morris’s 104th birthday on Oct. 24. Born in Bloomfield, Vermont in 1912, Morris moved to Portland with her parents when she was 10 years old. After graduating high school in 1933, Morris worked for a couple years as a stenographer before marring her high school sweetheart in 1935 and retiring to raise a family. She re-entered the labor force to work as a pipe coverer at the South Portland shipyards during World War II, but otherwise focused her attention on what she calls "a very ordinary life" of raising her three children. Once they were grown, she worked as a secretary, retiring at age 58. Today Morris has two grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren, and continues to lead an active life, venturing out for groceries and keeping her own checkbook, in addition to her weekly trips to the salon. Asked if she has anything left on her bucket list, Morris said, "No, I can't imagine what else I'd want to do. I have my church, my family, my music, my friends, and my health. I'm happy and I thank God daily for my life." (Duke Harrington photo) Westbrook Street resident Pauline Morris gets her hair done Oct. 21 by Sharon Pratt, at Flair for Hair located in South Portland's Knightville District. The weekly ritual came just days before Morris’s 104th birthday on Oct. 24. Born in Bloomfield, Vermont in 1912, Morris moved to Portland with her parents when she was 10 years old. After graduating high school in 1933, Morris worked for a couple years as a stenographer before marring her high school sweetheart in 1935 and retiring to raise a family. She re-entered the labor force to work as a pipe coverer at the South Portland shipyards during World War II, but otherwise focused her attention on what she calls "a very ordinary life" of raising her three children. Once they were grown, she worked as a secretary, retiring at age 58. Today Morris has two grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren, and continues to lead an active life, venturing out for groceries and keeping her own checkbook, in addition to her weekly trips to the salon. Asked if she has anything left on her bucket list, Morris said, "No, I can't imagine what else I'd want to do. I have my church, my family, my music, my friends, and my health. I'm happy and I thank God daily for my life." (Duke Harrington photo)

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