Sanctuary Care resident Enid Watkins recently celebrated turning 102.
Enid, who lives at Haven Residential Care Home in Pinner, was born on 23 January 1912.
Enid Clementina was born at the Vicarage in Frithlestock, Devon. She was the youngest of five brothers and sisters.
Enid attended school in Bushey, before attending Leeds University where she graduated with a 1st Class Honours in Botany. She was a keen athlete and was especially good at hurdles and high jump. Enid represented the university in the Amateur Athletics Association Games in Turin, Italy, in 1933.
Recalling the two most significant historical events in her life, Enid said: “Remembering the days both World Wars ended is quite something. I remember the end of World War I, I was just six years old and my sister and I were sent home from school. We all rejoiced!”
After graduating Enid worked as a Botanist at ICI, where she met her husband John Watkins. The couple married in 1936 and had two children, Philip and Kay.
In the 1960s the family moved to the Wicklow Mountains in County Dublin, then relocated to West Wales in 1987 where they lived until John sadly passed away aged 90. Enid then moved to Pinner to live near her daughter, Kay.
When asked the secret to reaching such a wonderful age, Enid said: “A simple lifestyle – we never over-indulged and we did not drink, smoke or stay up late!”
Enid added: “I also attribute my longevity to spending a lot of time in the garden, living in the countryside and walking in the fresh air in beautiful remote places. My favourite quote is: ‘You’re nearer God’s heart in a garden than anywhere else on Earth’.”
On her birthday, Enid celebrated at a party with her loved ones, fellow residents and the team at Haven.