Jean Pharo, a resident at Belford House care home in Four Marks, Hampshire, celebrated her 102nd birthday on Friday (17th December).
Born in Badshot Lea, Jean grew up at Preymead Farm near Farnham with her parents and two brothers. Her father, somewhat an entrepreneur, farmed and ran a haulage business providing employment for local people.
After the demise of their father, her two brothers took over the running of the business, together with Jean who carried out the office work.
During World War Two, Jean worked in a factory in Slough and as a Land Army girl on land, now Squires Badshot Lea Garden Centre, where they grew vegetables and other produce, which were shipped to Covent Garden on a regular basis to help feed the troops and the nation. This was a job she loved and she feels very proud to have had the opportunity to do this work.
Before becoming a resident at Belford House, Jean retired to Four Marks, together with her late brother and sister-in-law, where they had many happy years together.
She has a daughter, Carol, two grandchildren and two great grandsons, all of whom are her pride and joy.
Jean celebrated her 102nd birthday with daughter Carol, son in law Tony and all her friends at Belford House, receiving messages, gifts, flowers and numerous cards from her family and friends. They enjoyed a singalong with entertainment by Ryan Bishop, games and a marvellous birthday cake.
Monika Katinas, manager of Belford House, said: “It is such a pleasure to have Jean as part of our Belford family. We all ensured she had a fantastic time on her very special birthday.”