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Mary Qoro Turns 100

Miriam Agnes, who is the seventh of the nine siblings said: “This lady who is a centenarian, despite enduring a life of struggle never complained about it.
19 Apr 2021 10:34
Mary Qoro Turns 100
Mary Margaret Qoro (seated), with granddaughher Sabrina Khan (left), and daughter Agnes Minza Megan at the Fun World Plaza Hotel, Nadi on April 16, 2021. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

It was a grand reunion for the Qoro and Doughty families when they celebrated Mary Margaret Qoro’s (nee Doughty) 100th birthday on Friday.

The milestone occasion was held at Fun World Plaza Hotel in Nadi with about about 250 people from four generations.

Miriam Agnes, who is the seventh of the nine siblings said: “This lady who is a centenarian, despite enduring a life of struggle never complained about it.

“She was a hardworking, humble, kind, gentle, and loyal mother.

“And she still is.

“She’s walked the mile, worked the fields, cut sugarcane, and many more.”

Among her many talents, Ms Qoro is known as an excellent cook.

“Some of the dishes we loved were her desserts such as boiled mango with carnation milk or homemade pudding, Fijian bread or tavioka (cassava) balls,” she said.

“The hands that did so much for us did not stop there.

“She carried on looking after us, her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren until her strength caught up with her.”

To her mother, Ms Agnes said: “On behalf of her children, we salute you and thank you for all the good deeds and struggles you went through for us.

“We will always remember to tell our children and the following generation that Mary Margaret was a gifted lady.”

Early life

Ms Qoro was born in Tavualevu, Tavua, as the fifth child of John Jack Doughty and Lusiana Ravutu (daughter of Reverend Mosese Volavola).

She spent her early years in Tavua and Sigatoka before moving to her family in Ba.

She attended Fiji Sugar Corporation Primary School in Ba before completing her education at St Joan of Arc School in Sigatoka.

She was trained to become a dental nurse and secured a job with a Dr Bucking in Lautoka.

Ms Qoro was married to Sairusi Qoro, from Saunaka, Nadi, who was working for the then Burns Philip hardware in Ba. They had nine children.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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