Residents and staff at Oakview Lodge Care Home in Welwyn Garden City wished resident Marion Inman a very happy 102nd birthday this week. Marion was born on 9th April 1919 in Hitchin, Hertfordshire and lived most of her life in Welwyn Garden City.
Staff put out a plea on the care home’s Facebook page for 102 birthday cards to mark Marion’s special birthday. “We had an amazing response from local people for Marion’s birthday.” Said Wellbeing Coordinator Rachel Davies “We’ve had so many cards sent in, we thought it would be fun for her to have 102 cards for her 102nd birthday but we received far more than that in the end”.
The local Morrisons store on Black Fan Road got involved in the celebrations by sending balloons, food for the party, flowers, chocolates and cakes. “We’d like to say a huge thank you to the staff at Morrisons for their generous donation and to all the families and local people who sent in cards,” said Home Manager Teresa Torres.
Marion celebrated her milestone birthday with an afternoon tea party with her friends at Oakview Lodge and a visit from her daughter Barbara. Marion's secret to a long life is good health, a happy family, a glass of wine every day and not to mention a lot of luck!
Marion was a keen sportswoman and loved to play tennis and badminton, she also played the piano. She worked as a tailor before she was married and did war work at the aircraft factory in Biggleswade. These days she enjoys crosswords, listening to the radio and seeing her family. With the further lifting of care home visiting restrictions announced this week, Marion is looking forward to seeing her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.