Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Twin Girls Youngest of Five Generations; Matriarch Dolly Just Glad to Meet Them

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Twin Girls Youngest of Five Generations; Matriarch Dolly Just Glad to Meet Them

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Byline: Lee Gailer

AT 91, Dolly Stokes is honoured to be the oldest of five generations of women in her family.

The great-grandmother of 13 and great-great-grandmother of five is very thankful to still be around to meet the newest members of her family, twins Emily and Abby.

"To even think of my lovely family brings the biggest smile to my face," Mrs Stokes told The Gympie Times yesterday.

"I am truly blessed. I didn't think I was going to see them. They are just so precious."

Mrs Stokes was unwell around the time the twins were born but managed to fight through it to make sure she was still around to see them.

Laughing at the notion that she is the matriarch of the five generations, Mrs Stokes says her longevity was all due to her large, caring family which dotes on her.

Daughter Val Biddle, 68, is the mother of Cathy Chesson, 44, grandmother of Lauren Chesson, 20, and great-grandmother of Lauren's 12-week-old daughters, Emily and Abby Kirstenfeldt. …

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