Mayor and mayoress join 100th birthday celebrations

WORTHING mayor and mayoress Michael Donin and Linda Williams joined family from near and far to celebrate the 100th birthday of Rose Jones.

Family gather round Rose Jones at her 100th birthday celebrations dm151970a
Family gather round Rose Jones at her 100th birthday celebrations dm151970a

A party was held at Wraysbury House care home, in Beccles Road, Worthing, on the big day.

Daughter Christine Wonham said Rose had gone into hospital two weeks before her birthday, after fall, and she had an operation to pin her hip.

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“She was fighting to get out of hospital and I think that aided her recovery,” she said. “She is back on her feet and walking.”

DM151983a Mayor Michael Donin and mayoress Linda Williams made an impression

Until two years ago, Rose was living in her own home but she now has dementia, which developed only in the last year.

Christine said: “She has been better since her birthday, it is as if it has reawakened something. She has been in quite good form and remembers the mayoress in her pink outfit.”

Rose was born in Herne Hill in south London and moved to Thornton Heath as a child. She was brought up there over the war years, then moved to Sanderstead in 1949.

She worked all her married life, mainly for a printing company in Croydon called HR Grubb, and retired at the age of 60.

DM152027a Rose Jones with grandchildren Rose, five, and Beck, seven

The family set up home in Bognor, then Rose moved to Lancing in 2006 to be near her daughter, Christine. Her husband, Alan, had died in 1992 and she sadly lost her other daughter, Pauline, the following year.

Christine said: “She is a private person who loves her family, her home and her garden. She has six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.”

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