Friday, 17 September 2021

Retired headteacher turns 103

A WOMAN from Wargrave has celebrated her 103rd birthday.

A WOMAN from Wargrave has celebrated her 103rd birthday.

Phyllis Williams, who lives at The Mount care home in School Hill, was presented with a bouquet of flowers to mark the occasion on Wednesday last week.

Hernando Pacardo, the home’s chef, baked a birthday cake and carers decorated her wheelchair with balloons.

She was visited by her daughter Ann Callender, who lives nearby in Bayliss Road with husband Alun.

Mrs Williams was born in Barnes in West London and worked as a teacher. She became headteacher of a school in Wandsworth when she was 39 and retired when she was 57.

Her husband Robert died eight years later so she moved to Wargrave to be near her daughter. She then lived in Meadow Road, Henley, for 20 years and was a member of Phyllis Court Club, where she played bridge.

When she was 90, she moved into Beech Brook care home in Hare Hatch and stayed there until last year when she moved to The Mount.

Mrs Williams said: “I really enjoy living here — the staff are marvellous and really do look after you. I enjoy doing crossword puzzles and usually do three a day as well as reading books from the library. It helps keep my mind active.

“I didn’t particularly want a fuss made of me for my birthday but everyone seemed to think it was remarkable and that I ought to have some kind of celebration.”

Mrs Williams’ son John, who was also a teacher, died five years ago. She has six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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