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Five generations of family gather to celebrate Hilda’s 100th birthday
FIVE generations of Hilda Ward’s family gathered to celebrate her 100th birthday on Wednesday.
The centenarian, who lives at Streets Meadow Care Home in Wimborne, was joined by more than 100 friends and family for the tea party celebration, many from her old home in Corfe Mullen.
Born on October 2, 1913, Mrs Ward lived through many defining moments of Twentieth Century history, caring for her children from two marriages and her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Her youngest relative, great, great granddaughter Ava, was born only 13 weeks ago, but was still there to enjoy the party.
Her daughter, Leila Gilmore, said: “It was a lovely occasion and so nice to see so many people there from different branches of the family.
“We were speaking about how she has lived so long, and she put it down to living a healthy lifestyle, she has never been a drinker or smoker and has always cooked healthy meals with proper ingredients.
“But it is also because she is such a positive person, she has always looked on the bright side and been grateful for the things she has had in life.
“She was delighted to get her card from the Queen and had a lovely day with all her friends and family.”
Mrs Ward was born in Oswestry in Shropshire and grew up in that area, but lived in Brighton, London and Rotherham during different periods of her life.
She married Bishaka ‘Guyani’ Daya, a medical student in London, in the 1930s, and they had two children, Brenda and Leila, and a son who sadly died in 1938 when only a few months old.
Mr Daya died the following year, and she later married Albert Ward whom she met during the war.
She had a new step-daughter, Yvonne, and the pair had another together, Norma.
In the late 1960s they lived in Cranborne where Mrs Ward worked at the estate.
A few years later they moved to Corfe Mullen, where she lived until moving to Wimborne last year.
Among those at her party were many friends from Corfe Mullen Methodist Church, and from her bridge club.
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