A Sanctuary Care home resident who survived the Plymouth Blitz has celebrated her 101st birthday.
Molly Niles, who has lived at Furzehatt Residential and Nursing Home in Plymouth since August 2011, was born Lilian May Maloney in October 1913. She grew up in the city where she says she enjoyed a happy and fulfilling childhood, attending school first at Cattedown Road Board Schools until age 11 before attending Sutton High School.
In December 1935 Molly married her husband Frederick Niles. They had one daughter together called Susan, who lives in Bristol and visits Molly regularly, and two grandsons, Ewan and Cameron. Molly is also a proud great-grandmother to Sam and great-great-grandmother to James, aged 3, and Joshua, aged 3 months. She also has 2 step-great-granddaughters, Emma and Lucy, and four step-great-great-grandchildren, Gary, Stanley, Ellie May and Lily Ann.
During World War II Frederick fought in the war overseas and Molly stayed in Plymouth where she remained throughout the Plymouth Blitz, a series of bombing raids on the city which took place between July 1940 and May 1944.
When asked the secret to reaching such a wonderful age, Molly said: “I feel very fortunate to have reached 101. I have had a very good life and put reaching this age down to being married to a lovely husband for 67 years, with whom I shared much happiness – and plenty of good food!”
Molly loves joining in with activities at the home, especially bingo and dominoes and still takes an active interest in cookery.
The home’s manager, Kim Newitt, said: “Molly is a wise and happy lady, who still joins in with whatever she can. We are delighted to have celebrated such a milestone birthday with her and her family.”