Former nurse and First World War baby Edith Doyle celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by several generations of her beloved family at Dormy House care home recently.
Edith (Edie) was born in Mountcharles, on the west coast of co. Donegal, Ireland, on 26 September 1914. She was the youngest of seven children and had 59 first cousins. Her father was the local Station Master.
As a young girl, Edie lived through the Irish War of Independence and the subsequent Civil War. She moved to London in 1942 to train as a nurse and worked in London hospitals until her retirement in 1974. She has been a widow for the past 29 years.
Edie celebrated her 100th birthday at Dormy House care home in Sunningdale, where she has lived for the past three years. Among those celebrating with her were 10 nephews and nieces, six great-nephews and nieces, one great-great-nephew and one great-great-niece – they had travelled from all over the UK and also from France, Spain and Canada to be with her.
Dormy House manager, Kay Wainwright, said:
‘Edie is a much loved resident here at Dormy House. We were delighted that she was able to share her birthday celebrations and reminisce with so many members of her family. It really was a very special day and we were all delighted to be able to share it with her.’
Located in Sunningdale adjacent to the world renowned golf course, Dormy House provides residential, nursing and specialist dementia care to up to 88 elderly ladies and gentlemen. The home is run by the family-owned Caring Homes Group, which was founded in 1994 by mother and son team, Helena and Paul Jeffery.