Rose Avery, who has lived at Mundy House care home on Whitmore Way since 2002, celebrated with afternoon tea and cakes with her daughter Carol and granddaughter Deborah.
Rose lived in Canning Town through both World Wars, before moving to Basildon in 1952. She had five children with her husband William, who passed away when she was 59, and worked in an egg factory in Stratford. She now has six grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 12 great great grandchildren.
She is a popular resident, and enjoys a sing-a-long with her friends at Mundy House.
To mark her special birthday, Rose received a telegram from the Queen and a letter from Esther McVey MP.
Josi George, Home Manager at Mundy House, said: “Rose is an icon at Mundy House. Everyone knows her and loves spending time with her in the lounge, or joining her for her favourite meal of fish and chips. She’s a fantastic lady with a very interesting history. We’re delighted to have her.
“Rose doesn’t remember much about her past, but the staff and I always enjoy hearing stories from her family. We all see her as part of the Mundy House family, and we can’t wait to celebrate her 109th birthday next year.”
Mundy House forms part of Larchwood Care and is managed by Healthcare Management Solutions. The service provides residential care for up to 66 older people.