Care home resident more than happy on birthday
A woman born during the First World War celebrated her 100th birthday this week.
Mother-of-four Ivy Edmonston became a centenarian on Monday and family joined her at Ashlyn Care Centre, Vicarage Wood, Harlow, to wish her many happy returns.
Her daughter Pauline Varcoe, 77 said: “She was quite pleased to turn 100.
“We were teasing her about it in the weeks leading up.
“We were saying ‘you’re going to be 99’, but she said, ‘no I am going to be 100’.
“She was pleased to reach it.”
Mrs Edmonston is the oldest of four children and had three brothers, all of whom have now sadly passed away.
She spent much of her early life in North London and worked for Walthamstow company JB’s as a furniture polisher.
This was where she met her second husband John and the pair got married in 1950 and move to Harlow on Christamas Eve in 1956, when the town was in its infancy.
Mrs Varcoe, of Northbrooks, Harlow is the oldest child. Mrs Edmonston has two sons George, 72 and Tony, 65, as well as second daughter Julie Rigarlasord, 73.
Before she married John she raised the younger three children on her own for three years before the pair had Tony.
She also has five grandchildren Susan, Ray, Dawn, Andrew and Karen.
She also has six great grandchildren.
John, who passed away 21 years ago, was a soldier in the Second World War and was injured in battle.
Mrs Varcoe said her secret to long life is down to her work ethic and healthy diet.
“She has always been a hard worked,” added Mrs Varcoe.
“She eats very well and she would always go to the town all her life.
“She had a friend and they used to go away on holiday together.”
She added: “She is brilliant and would do anything for anyone.”
Ashlyn Care Centre has been Mrs Edmonston’s home for the past two years but she previously lived in Little Grove Field, The Stow and Northbrooks, Harlow.
In Harlow she worked for several years for the Dorstel Press, working in the print department.
Her 100th birthday saw her receive a card from the Queen while some of her family members came to visit on Friday.
Harlow Council chairman Edna Stevens also attended to express her best wishes.
On Sunday she was taken out to Canons Brook Golf Club, Elizabeth Way, Harlow for another knees up.
Mrs Varcoe continued: “She loved every minute of it and it was a brilliant day.
“I would like to thank Ashlyn staff for all the care they give to mum.”
Ashlyn offers accommodation for 60 people and can offer dementia care for 27 of those.