100-year-old shares her secret to a long life as she marks her special birthday
To mark Carolie Howells’ milestone 100th birthday, her family and the independent living team at Epperstone Court, Nottingham gave her a party like no other – attended by over 75 guests, live entertainment and a moving speech given by her son, Adrian.
Born in Otley, Yorkshire, Carolie made Nottingham her home after she got married and went on to have three children Kay, Adrian and Colin.
She finished Grammar School at the age of 16, just as the Second World War broke out in 1939. Her first job was working at a wool merchants before going on to be a Civil Servant for many years. After retirement and well into her eighties, Carolie volunteered in local charity shops.
Lorraine DeCosta, Platform’s Independent Living Scheme Officer, explained: “In honour of Carolie's birthday, her family pulled out all the stops with entertainment, delicious food, and a beautiful celebration cake.
“Carolie always has a ready smile and is a very active member of our lovely community here at Epperstone Court. We were honoured to be part of her birthday celebrations and view her letter from our new King marking the special occasion – something that she was very proud of.”
When asked about her secret to living to such an incredible age, Carolie said: “I’ve always taken life as it comes, made the most of life – good or bad – and always been kind.”
Carolie moved into Epperstone Court over 10 years ago; a home she refers to as nice and comfy, with friendly neighbours, a great garden and plenty of activities to keep her mind and body active.