Monday, 18 October 2021

Centenarian’s secret is good genes

A WOMAN from Henley has celebrated her 100th birthday.

A WOMAN from Henley has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Jean Webb, who has spent her whole life in or around the town and is now a resident of Chilterns End care home in Greys Road, reached the milestone on Friday.

Mrs Webb was born to Sidney “Bert” and Margaret Turgis in Pishill and spent her childhood in Swyncombe, where her father was a gamekeeper.

She attended Henley Grammar School and later worked as a secretary at Spencer Ells chartered accountants in Henley, cycling to work every day whatever the weather.

She married her first husband Ronald Begg in 1945 and had a daughter, June, in 1947.

The family lived in Sonning Common and Mrs Webb worked at the village primary school. Mr Begg died suddenly in 1952.

Mrs Webb met her next husband, Jack Webb, an accountant for Spencer Ells, and they were married in 1955 and lived in St Mark’s Road. Mr Webb died suddenly in 1974 and his widow later moved to Benson to be nearer her daughter and granddaughter Caroline Duff. Mrs Webb soon found she missed Henley too much and moved back to the town in the early Eighties, this time to York Road.

She later returned to Benson to move in with her daughter but six months later June died suddenly from a brain tumour.

Mrs Webb’s second grandchild Jack was born in 2001 and Lily-Rose, her second great-grandchild, was born in 2004.

She eventually moved to Didcot and lived in an annexe next to Mrs Duff, who cared for her.

Two years ago, Mrs Webb developed dementia after a sudden fall and moved to Chilterns End.

Mrs Duff said: “I’ve always thought she’s a remarkable woman. Until her illness two years ago her mind was really sharp. She always had her make-up and jewellery on.

“She has good genes — her mother lived to 98 but I think her secret is home-cooked meals. She&rsquos always liked her food and cooked some really good meals.

“I think what kept her going through the hardship was her family. After my mum died she surrounded herself with me and my son.

“She devoted her life to my mum, who brought me up as a single mother, and she is a very loving lady.”

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