Fantastic birthday celebration

Mrs Jill Tate 103rd birthday at Summerdown Nursing Home. September 11th 2012 E37039N '(L to R); Agnes Jeziorek, Jill tate and Catherine Adams.
Mrs Jill Tate 103rd birthday at Summerdown Nursing Home. September 11th 2012 E37039N '(L to R); Agnes Jeziorek, Jill tate and Catherine Adams.

A PENTLOW Nursing Home resident has celebrated her 103rd birthday.

Jill Tate, who lives at the home in Summerdown Road, enjoyed a celebration with balloons and cake with her friends and staff at the home.

Mrs Tate was born in 1909 in London and married Arthur Stevens in 1935. The couple had a son called Peter in 1938 but Arthur was in the army and was killed in Egypt in 1942.

Mrs Tate worked as a factory supervisor and relocated for her job in 1945 from London to Guildford, where she met her second husband Glen Boss. The couple ran a shop together for many years until Mr Boss’ death in 1960.

Mrs Tate continued to run the shop on her own but then retired and met her third husband Bill Powell on a cruise ship in 1967 but he died the following year. Mrs Tate continued her love of travelling and met her fourth husband Freddie Law-Johnson on a cruise ship. The couple had five years together before he died.

Mrs Tate lived in West Cliff and continued to enjoy her holidays. It was when she was on a Saga holiday that she met her final husband Arthur Tate in 1989. Arthur died in 1998 and in 1999 Mrs Tate moved to the Hawthorns in Carew Road, where she was one of the first residents to move to the brand new retirement home. Last year Mrs Tate moved to Pentlow Nursing Home because she needed extra care.

Her son Peter said, “She is getting on very well at the Pentlow Nursing Home and she is very happy there. She enjoyed dancing, travel and cruises when she was younger and although she doesn’t have those hobbies now, she still manages to get around without a stick inside the home.”

Mrs Tate still enjoys activities in the home and was this year featured in the Herald with a homemade version of the Olympic Torch. The 103-year-old also has two grandchildren.