A Sanctuary Care centenarian from Chelmsford recently celebrated her 100th birthday.
Anne Elizabeth Clark marked turning 100 with a party at Lyons Court Residential Care Home, where she has lived for two years.
When asked how she feels about reaching such a great age, Anne said: “Well, it can be hard work but I do feel very proud. I put it down to lots of fresh air – and taking long walks!”
Anne grew up in Epping, attended school until her late teens then became a nanny for a local family. In 1937, aged 23, Anne and her friend took a short holiday to Margate, Kent. While there they met two young gentlemen, one of whom was Dennis Clark. They began courting and married on 23rd March 1940. In 1943 Anne and Dennis had a daughter; Christine.
Anne still vividly remembers World War II, recalling: “Our house was bombed; there were sirens going off and we had to go into our Anderson shelter with our neighbours. It was scary – but we survived.”
In 1946 Anne and Dennis had a son, David Martin, and the family moved to Hornchurch. They lived here happily until Dennis sadly passed away in 1969 aged 51. Following this Anne moved to Chelmsford, where she lived until she moved into Lyons Court in 2011.
To help Anne overcome her loss she became a member of the Spiritualist Church, which she credits with helping her through a difficult time.
The birthday girl was joined by her family, including six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, friends and fellow residents at her party.
The home’s manager, Jan Watkins, said: “Anne is a lovely lady who everyone at Lyons Court is very fond of. She still takes part in things she loves at the home, such as crochet, knitting and flower arranging. It was wonderful to celebrate this milestone with her.”