A good face cream and keeping busy are the secrets to longevity for two St Johns Sanctuary Care residents who are set to turn 102 and 106 next week.
Happy Birthday Phyllis!
Surrounded by loved ones and fellow residents, Phyllis Elaine Cox will be celebrating her 102nd birthday on Sunday (29 October) at Regent Residential Care Home on School Road.
Born in Frome Somerset, to parents Mable and Frank Crocker, Phyllis spent her early years growing up in Westbury Leigh in Wiltshire, famous for the Westbury White Horse.
Commenting on her milestone birthday, Phyllis said: “I’m not sure what my secret to reaching 102 would be! I have always enjoyed just keeping myself busy, bringing up my family.”
Phyllis always had a strong work ethic, enjoying helping her mother in any way she could around the house and put this experience to good use, starting work at 15 as a housemaid. The birthday girl also tried her hand at needle work, moving on to become a talented glove maker.
It was love at first sight for Phyllis and husband-to-be Les, meeting by chance at Wiltshire Carnival in the summer of 1934. The devoted couple who married in 1939 were blessed with two children, daughter Sheila and son Geoffrey, who both live in Worcester.
Devoted to her family
Phyllis’ daughter Sheila said: “She has always been such a loving mum; she would do anything for anyone and has always had a wonderful sense of humour!
“We always loved spending time together as a family, especially on our summer holidays in Dorset and the Isle of Wight.”
Phyllis and Les’ family of four has now blossomed to include two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Emilia, 5 and Scarlett, 3 whom Phyllis adores.
Bridie Gray, activities leader at the home said: “Phyllis is a really sociable, chatty lady who loves company. She still likes to get involved in the home’s activities and just adores her family, she is so proud of them and they visit very often.”
Hilda turns 106!
A healthy lifestyle and a good face cream are the secrets to longevity, according to a Worcester lady who celebrates her 106th birthday next week.
Surrounded by family and close friends, Hilda Hines will mark her milestone birthday on Tuesday 31 October at Sanctuary Care’s Juniper House Residential Care Home in St John’s.
Local lady Hilda was born on Carden Street, Worcester to parents Robert and Rachael Bemand and is now the last surviving of her three sisters and brother.
When asked about turning 106, the birthday girl sprightly said: “I really do not feel my age; I have never felt any different! I have used Nivea all my life and looked after myself.”
Hilda grew up with an ear for music and the arts, enjoying watching her father rehearse his popular music act the Amazing Pigeons, who toured all over the country.
It was love at first site for Hilda and husband-to-be Tim Hines, who met at a dance hall and never looked back. Hilda said fondly: “Nobody else was allowed to dance with me.”
The dancing duo married in 1935, devoting much of their time to ballroom dancing, stepping out in venues as far afield and as infamous on the dancing scene as Blackpool, winning many trophies along the way. Hilda still has a passion for dance, tuning in with the rest of the nation for Strictly Come Dancing every Saturday night.
Following the war, Hilda gave birth to the couple’s only child, son Steve. Hilda and Tim’s family of three has now blossomed to four generations including three great-grandsons, whom she adores.
Hilda’s husband Tim sadly passed away in 1992 after over 50 years of marriage, with Hilda living independently until the age of 102.
Speaking of Hilda’s milestone celebration, Alan Raymond, activities leader at the home said: “Hilda is simply marvellous. She still makes sure she looks her best, always doing her makeup – she is absolutely wonderful.”