A resident at a Chester care home celebrated an exciting milestone recently when she turned 100 years old.
Josie Dixon, who lives at Meridian Healthcare’s Lauren Court in Blacon, shared her special day with family and friends at the care centre and was especially happy to receive a congratulatory card from Her Majesty the Queen.
Born in Widnes in 1917, Josie spent time living in Liverpool before she met and married her childhood sweetheart Jim, an RAF serviceman, on 7th December 1940.
By the 1950s the pair had two daughters and set up home in Scotland, living in Northop Hall and enjoying caravanning holidays up and down the UK, including their beloved Cornwall.
Following 58 years of marriage, Jim sadly passed away in 1997 and Josie moved back to Liverpool before moving to Lauren Court care home 16 years later. She is now the proud grandmother of 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Back in her younger years, Josie loved tennis and dancing and had a large circle of friends. She was a real homemaker and enjoyed knitting and sewing as a fun pastime.
Sarah Molloy, Meridian Healthcare’s home manager at Lauren Court, commented: “We are all delighted that Josie has reached this milestone birthday and we are honoured to have been able to share such a happy day with her.
“She’s an amazing lady, she rises early, loves to chat and is a real inspiration for all of the staff.”
When asked about the key to a long life Josie added: “Being happy and a good cup of tea a day is the secret.”
Lauren Court provides residential care and support to elderly ladies and gentlemen. Run by Meridian Healthcare, the home is one of seven in the company’s Premiere Collection.