Pat’s milestone age makes her the oldest resident across RMBI Care Co.’s 18 care homes in England and Wales.
To mark her special day Pat enjoyed a wonderful high tea at the Home, where she has lived for two years, with her family and friends. She was delighted to receive a birthday card from HM The Queen.
Pat was born in Jersey in the Channel Islands, on 17th March 1911 three years before the first World War had even begun and two days before the first ever International Women’s Day. King George V was on the throne, Herbert Asquith was Prime Minister and RMS Titanic was waiting to be launched.
She was christened Elsie, but as she was born on St Patrick’s Day her father decided to call her Pat.
Pat married her late husband John in the 1940s and together they travelled to South Africa and Canada among other places. Sadly, John passed away in 1970.
Pat’s family puts her longevity down to “good genes”, with many of her relatives living into their nineties. She has kept to a healthy lifestyle and has never smoked. But she has enjoyed the occasional glass of her favourite tipple, Guinness.
And the secret to her long life? Pat says simply: “It’s just one of those things”.
Debra Curtis, Activities Co-ordinator at RMBI Home Zetland Court, said: “Pat is a truly inspiring woman and we felt really privileged to celebrate her 108th birthday at our Home. It was a really lovely celebration which was thoroughly enjoyed by Pat and her family.”