THE secret to a long happy life is enjoying it, according to one of South Derbyshire’s oldest women who turned 100 yesterday.
Edna Bown celebrated her milestone birthday with a family get-together at the Seale Pastures Residential Home in Burton Road, Acresford, where she has lived for four-and-a-half years.
Mrs Bown was brought up by her grandparents who lived in Moira Road, Donisthorpe.
She attended Donisthorpe School and lived in the village until she married her late husband Ernest Bown, who was better known as Ted.
After tying the knot the couple bought their first home in Spring Cottage, where they stayed for all of their married life.
Mrs Bown worked at Salts, a shop which had outlets in Moira and Swadlincote.
She left work to start a family and the couple had two children, Hazel Turner, 74, who lives in Moira, and John Bown, 68, who lives in Measham.
Mrs Bown, a keen bingo player, returned to work after raising a family and did a part-time cleaning job at Donnington Pipeworks, where she stayed until retiring.
The centenarian, who has three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, says one of the highlights of her life was scooping a big win in a bingo session in Swadlincote.
Her daughter, Hazel, said: “Mum loves bingo and she used to play all the time when she was younger. She had a big win many years ago and she was always chuffed about that.
“She also used to love gardening and embroidery. She liked knitting and used to be in a knit club making items such as khaki scarves for soldiers.
“Our mum is a very bubbly character who used to love dancing. She is never miserable and always made the most of her life.
“She always tells us she’s got to her age because she’s enjoyed life. She always had fun.
“It was a double celebration for the family yesterday as not only did mum turn 100, but her great-grandson who lives in Canada, celebrated his fourth birthday.”
Home manager Diane Leary, and all of the staff members also wished Mrs Bown a happy 100th birthday.