A resident at a care home operated by Yogi Comms client SilverCrest Care Homes, has celebrated turning 100, and one of her secrets to a long-life has been attributed to her devotion to bread & butter for breakfast.
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Nora Lewis, who was born in Penygraig on 23rd December 1916, has celebrated her landmark birthday and telegram from the Queen, with a family party at Mill View Care Home in Ystrad Pentre spanning five generations.
A resident at the care home since November 2014, Nora is regarded by friends and staff as one of the warmest and chattiest residents at the home.
Nora has spent most of her life in the Rhondda. At the age of 15, she worked in a shop where she first met her future husband Thomas Lewis, a painter and decorator. She would often see Thomas at Llwynypia library where he played trumpet in the band while she attended dance classes.
In 1936 aged 20, Nora married Thomas and the couple had their first child Graham in 1938. During the second world war, Thomas was called up to the army as a bandsman and the family moved to Brecon in 1941 and had their second child Diane.
After the War, in 1946, the family moved back to Williamstown when their third child Helen came along.
Altogether Nora lived in her family home for 71 years, continuing to reside there after Thomas passed away in 2000 and she only left in 2013 aged 97.
Today Nora has six grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and one great great grandchild aged three. Her family all live locally and were all present at her 100th birthday party.
Nora’s eldest son Graham Lewis said: “My mother has had a happy life and has been really loved. Her number one priority has always been to take care of her family whether it was cooking, knitting or just entertaining the grandchildren and even today she still tries to look after us.
Graham added: “We came across some old school reports from 1926 and 1927 and she was top of her class for both years which is something she never told us about but made us even more proud of her.
We visit her regularly and since moving to Mill View, after 71 incredible years in her home, she is happy again and we have noticed a big difference in her. She was always fiercely independent but has really embraced life at the home”
Andreea Schiopu, Deputy Manager from Mill View Care Home, part of the Welsh Silvercrest Group said: “Nora is a wonderful lady with a fun sense of humour and keeps us all smiling every. She loves to sing and play bingo in our activities and reminisces about her earlier years.
From a young age she would only eat bread and butter every morning for breakfast and still enjoys this ritual every day. We like to think this is part of her secret of a long life.”