22 August 2018
Anya Court resident celebrates 100th birthday
A resident at Anya Court, our care home in Rugby recently celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends.
Joan Ridgway spent her special day with her children, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren and her great-great-grandchildren! Later, she celebrated with other well-wishers at the home.
Joan was born on 18th August 1918 in Rugby, Warwickshire. She worked in the toy shop her dad owned on Sheep Street until she met her late husband Don Ridgway at church. The couple married in 1939 and went on to have three children.
Joan received a letter from the Queen congratulating her on her milestone and celebrated her birthday with a family party at her daughter’s house.
For the occasion her daughter in law and grandchildren travelled from Australia and Canada to be with her.
Following her party, a separate celebration was also arranged for Joan at Anya Court.
Joan, 100 said: “I had a great day, I felt like I was going to burst with all the attention I received on my birthday.
“My secret to longevity is to live life as God meant you too and my words of wisdom are to never bear a grudge!”
Customer Relationship Manager at Anya Court, Karen Handley said: “Joan was our first resident at Anya Court Care Home and she is much-loved by all of us here. I am so pleased to hear that she had a great day, as she thoroughly deserves it.”
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