Pegi Williams, a resident of Ferrars Hall Care Home in Huntingdon, had a wonderful time celebrating her 100th birthday with her friends, family, and staff at the home. She received many cards, gifts, and a delicious homemade cake. She was especially delighted by the card from King Charles and Queen Camila, who wished her a happy birthday.
‘I would say the most valuable skill that I have learnt in my life is the ability to make friends as good friends are everything’ Commented Resident Pegi.
‘Pegi shared with us her secret to turning 100 years old which was eating good food and a glass of sherry which I thought was brilliant’ Commented Wellbeing Coordinator Pat.
Pegi has lived a remarkable life, full of adventure, love, and service. She was born on August 17, 1923, in Tanygrisiau, a village in north Wales. Her parents, Annie and Thomas Hughes ran a grocery shop and a fish and chip shop in different villages. Her father was also a veteran of the First World War.
Pegi worked in her parents' shop, but during the Second World War, she became a nurse at Glyn Hall Mansion, near Talsarnau. The mansion was part of Lord Harlech's estate and was used as an evacuation nursery for children of military personnel. Most of the children came from Liverpool, which was heavily bombed during the war. Pegi and her colleagues cared for the children and enjoyed the homegrown produce and food parcels from America.
After the war, Pegi met John Williams, a young man who worked as a bus conductor between college terms. He later became a soil scientist for the Ministry of Agriculture. They got married in 1952 and moved around the country with his career. They had two sons, Arthur and Robert, and later welcomed daughters-in-laws Sue and Wanda, grandchildren Jayne, David, and Kevin, and five great-grandchildren, Toby, Dominic, Owen, Huw, and Herbert.
Pegi and John Williams celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary in 2012 and received a card from the late Queen on that occasion. Pegi has now received two royal cards in her life! Sadly, John passed away in 2017 and Pegi moved to Huntingdon to be closer to her family.
Pegi and John enjoyed traveling around the world together and having family caravan holidays. Pegi also had many hobbies and interests, such as reading, cooking, baking, knitting, sewing, embroidery, and playing bridge and whist.
'Pegi is a wonderful lady who always brightens up our day with her smile and stories. We are honoured to have her as part of our Ferrars Hall family.' Said Katie Peters, Senior Customer Relations Manager at the home.
'We are always amazed and inspired by our residents who reach the age of 100 and beyond. They have witnessed so much history and change in their lifetime, and they continue to share their experiences and memories with us. We love to hear their stories and celebrate their achievements.' Said Susan Dunnell, the Home Manager.
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