Joan marks her centenary

A resident at a north Shropshire care home has celebrated her centenary with two special parties for family and friends.

Joan_Jackson_on_her_100th_birthdayJoan Jackson on her 100th birthdayJoan Jackson marked her 100th birthday at Coverage Care’s Woodcroft home in Market Drayton, where she has lived for the past two years, with a gathering for friends and carers. She was also the guest of honour at a family party.

Mrs Jackson, who was born as Britain was in the grip of the First World War, is well known in Market Drayton as her husband Alan, who died 17 years ago, was the Minister at the town’s Methodist Church in Salisbury Road.

The couple first lived in Market Drayton, from 1966 to 1973, before moving to a ministry near Leeds. When they retired in 1980, they settled back to the town.

Mrs Jackson has three children, seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren and is still an occasional visitor to the church. She is also a regular visitor to the town’s Stroke Club and a group for the visually impaired.

Her son Andy said Mrs Jackson had always kept active, even after moving to Woodcroft.

“Mum has always been very busy, getting involved in activities at the church with Dad. They travelled around the country for Dad’s ministry and even lived in Nigeria where my sister Ruth and I were born.

“She lived alone until she moved into Woodcroft a couple of years ago and she still enjoys going to clubs and church where she can.

“Everyone at Woodcroft is so good to her and we’re so pleased she was able to celebrate with them as well as enjoying a family get together.”

Coverage Care Chief Executive David Coull said: “Joan is a much loved resident at Woodcroft and it was lovely for staff to be able to celebrate her very special day with her.”

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