Severn Vale Housing resident celebrates a century
Published by Helen Robinson for Severnvale Housing Society Limited in Communities and also in Care and Support
Marion celebrating her 100th birthday with family and friends
Health, happiness and a gin and tonic are the keys to a long life, according to a Gloucester centenarian. Marion Priest, who turned 100 this week, said it was her healthy and happy life which helped her reach the big birthday.
Born in Kidderminster, Marion moved to Gloucester with her husband in 1937, working as a Supervisor at the Gloucester Carpet Works, until she took retirement at the age of 63.
Marion, who has one daughter, three grandsons and two great-grandchildren, will be marking the occasion of her 100th birthday by holding a tea party at her home in Tynings Close surrounded by her friends, followed by a family get together at over the weekend.
“I’ve never been bothered about birthdays, so it’ll just be like another day for me. But I am looking forward to receiving a telegram from the Queen!” explains Marion.
Scheme Manager Pam at Tynings Close said: "It’s been a lovely occasion for everyone on the scheme. All the residents enjoyed celebrating with Marion over a cup of tea and cake.”
Despite her great age, Marion remains as independent as possible and still lives in her own home at Severn Vale Housing retirement scheme in Churchdown. “I’ve lived here for 23 years and I’m very happy,” said Marion, “I enjoy meeting up with other residents on the scheme, playing cards and bingo.” And her key to a long life…”sitting down every evening with a gin and tonic!”