Mary’s extra special centenary surprise
Centenarian Mary Foley’s birthday celebrations were extra special, with a surprise visit from her daughter and grandson, who flew thousands of miles to be by her side!
Mary celebrated her milestone birthday at Sanctuary Care’s Barony Lodge Residential Care Home in Nantwich, where she has lived for nearly eighteen months, with daughter Myra and grandson David, who travelled from Dallas and Washington respectively.
The celebrations were flowing all day and included lots of special visitors, including great niece Sarah, nephew Alan and his wife Liz, as well as a surprise performance from the choir at St Thomas Moore Catholic High School, who sang Happy Birthday and Sweet Caroline outside the windows!
Mary said of the visit: “I didn’t want any fuss but I was overwhelmed by all the events that were arranged and it was lovely to see Myra and David. I loved the choir, that was a real surprise.”
Speaking of her secret to reaching such a momentous age she said: “a glass of wine every day with dinner!”
David added: “Mary had the most lovely and memorable 100th birthday celebration thanks to the staff at Barony Lodge. We’re so grateful for the tireless work by the staff and carers, the day was full of the most thoughtful gestures, smiles and well wishes from the whole community here.”
Earlier in the day a special mass was conducted by Father Dan at Mary’s home parish of Billericay, which was recorded to be sent to her.
Born in Aberdeenshire, Mary lived most of her life in Billericay, Essex, working as an auxiliary nurse. Her fondest memories are of working on a maternity ward.