Saturday, 25 September 2021

Happy centenarian celebrates with family

A GREAT GRANDMOTHER from Henley has reached her 100th birthday.

A GREAT GRANDMOTHER from Henley has reached her 100th birthday.

Peggy Dixon, who lives at the Chilterns End care home in Greys Road, celebrated with her family at the Catherine Wheel in Hart Street on Saturday.

About 35 people were at the party, including Mrs Dixon’s daughters Pat, 72, and Jillian, 70, and sons Malcolm, 68, and Philip, 60, as well as 14 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

The centenarian had already had a party with other residents and staff at the home on her birthday on Thursday last week and she received a card from the Queen the following day.

Mrs Dixon was born in Morden in south London and was married to Leonard in Streatham when she was 25.

Her husband was a hairdresser at Austin Reed in Mayfair, while Mrs Dixon was employed as a book-keeper and shorthand typist in Holborn.

During the Second World War, Mr Dixon volunteered for the Royal Air Force and was stationed in Liverpool.

In 1968, the couple moved to Benhams Lane in Fawley, where Mr Dixon took up a career as a gardener.

He died in 1977, aged 67, and two years later Mrs Dixon moved to New Street, Henley.

She liked to paint and see shows at the Kenton Theatre.

Mrs Dixon moved to a nursing home in Didcot in 2009 and moved to Chilterns End about a year ago. She said: “I never thought I would reach 100. I’ve had family members reach 89, but to get to 100 — my goodness.”

Her son Philip said: “I think she has lived so long because she was active in her youth and has a fairly healthy family.

“She’s pretty on the ball — she can still get through crosswords and sudoku puzzles like there’s no tomorrow.

“She wasn’t involved in much when she was living in New Street — she had lots of friends, so she didn’t really need to go out doing other things.

“Everyone would remember her as a happy person — she’s very good company.”

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