A Sanctuary Care home resident who survived the Plymouth Blitz celebrated her 102nd birthday this week.
Molly Niles, who has lived at Furzehatt Residential and Nursing Home in Plymstock since August 2011, celebrated her birthday on Wednesday 21 October, surrounded by residents, friends and loved ones.
Secrets to reaching 102
When asked the secret to reaching such a wonderful age, Molly said: “I feel very fortunate. 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!”
Born Lilian May Maloney in October 1913, Molly grew up in the city where she says she enjoyed a happy and fulfilling childhood, attending school first at Cattedown Road Board Schools until the age of 11 before Sutton High School.
Marriage, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren
In December 1935 Molly married her husband Frederick Niles. They had one daughter together called Susan, who lives in Bristol and visits Molly regularly, along with grandsons Ewan and Cameron.
Molly is also a proud great-grandmother to Sam and great-great-grandmother to James, aged 4, and Joshua, aged 15 months. She also has two step-great-granddaughters Emma and Lucy and four step-great-great-grandchildren, Gary, Stanley, Ellie May and Lily Ann.
Surviving the Plymouth Blitz
During World War II Frederick fought 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.
Today Molly loves joining in with activities at the home, especially bingo and dominoes and still takes an active interest in cookery.
Celebrating in style!
Deputy manager Gina Wyatt said: “We are delighted to have celebrated another milestone birthday with Molly and her family. Molly is a wise, kind and happy lady, who still joins in and enjoys herself whenever she can. It was wonderful to be able to support her in making her 102nd birthday a special one.”