Paulding County woman says to be great at something, keep at it -- for 100 years

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. — Doree Kemler may live in a retirement community, but she never actually retired.

“As soon as I could hold a crayon in my hand, I was making marks on paper,” Doree said.

It led to a lifetime of painting the kind of fine art that hangs in galleries. Her home used to be covered in Kemlers.

“Hanging in all of her rooms. Painting next to painting on every wall she could cover,” son Michael Bloomfield said.

Her favorites now hang in her apartment at Creekside Pines in Paulding County.


On this day, they’re celebrating Doree’s 104th birthday.

“I just kind of looked at Doree and said, ‘What do you want for your birthday?’ She said, ‘I want a carnival,’” Creekside Pines director Stephanie Hendrix said.

That’s exactly what they did. Doree truly is a marvel.

She doesn’t use a cane, doesn’t wear glasses and can hear a pin drop. But she admits she no longer paints.

“When I first moved here, I tried to paint in the kitchen and got paint on the cabinets. It took me days to get that paint off,” Kemler said.