Dora Tuchin nee Eber, was a blessing to everybody who knew her. The way she marveled at everything, touched us all.
I met Dora when she was still only 103 years old. I attended her 104th birthday which was held poolside at Guava Gardens. Shortly after I met Dora, I met her again in the apartment's driveway. Dora told me that she had an appointment to have her nails done. Would you believe that the nail shop was a quarter mile away? Dora at 104 years, thought nothing of walking a 1/4 mile. She just always believed that she could do anything!
I thought to myself, well, we will have none of Dora walking to that nail shop! And I brought my car around to drive her and made arrangements for the nail shop staff to phone me when Dora was ready to return home.
My driving Dora to the nail shop really impressed her. She told me later, "I didn't think that you were that nice." After that, we were very close with each other.
I felt the warmness of Dora. I felt her friendship. I began to visit Dora in her apartment. As we talked together, I could see the bright flame of her life shining from her wrinkled eyes.
During the summer of 2014, a reporter from "The Jewish Journal" made a date with Dora to eat lunch at D.Z. Akins, a fabulous deli in La Mesa. Click [here] to read the story of that date.
When Dora was 100 years old, her family held a big birthday party for her. A nephew of Dora commemorated her life with a wonderful video which showed Dora thru the 100 years of her life.
Please click the right-arrow to watch video.
My friend Dora
Dora is standing on the left
Dora passed away last October. [April 15, 1911 - October 10, 2015] She fell down in her Guava Gardens apartment. That fall hurt her. She moved to her nearby daughter's home for support and never returned to Guava Gardens.
I was able to visit Dora one time at her daughter's home. I miss you Dora!
Happy New Year everybody!