A remarkable lady has celebrated her 105th birthday at her Sanctuary Care home in Hainault, Essex last week.
Grace Alice Lander was born in 1910 and has lived in the Ilford area for most of her adult life. She lived independently until August last year, when she moved into Pinewood Residential Care Home in Manford Way, where she celebrated her milestone birthday (Saturday 2 May).
Dorothy Molloy and Rita Armstrong nieces of Grace said “We thought it amazing when she reached 100 and never thought then she would reach 105”.
Grace spent many years working as a ward orderly on the maternity unit at the old King George Hospital in Eastern Avenue and it was here where she met her future husband Jack Lander. They were married on 3 June 1945 in St George’s Methodist Church, Gants Hill.
Sadly, Jack passed away not long into his retirement leaving Grace to lead an independent life in her later years. She was a member of the Sisterhood at the Methodist Church in Freemantle Road, Barkingside and still has contact with the church to this day. Grace also enjoyed knitting in her spare time and kept in touch with family.
The Sanctuary Care home’s activities leader, Lorraine Erich, said: “We are all enormously proud of Grace and even though she has only been with us for nine months, Grace is a big character in the home. We are thrilled to have celebrated such a milestone birthday with her and her family.”
Grace’s celebrations, hosted by Pinewood which provides residential and dementia care, were attended by all the residents, together with Dorothy and Rita and their respective families, as well as friends from the church.