Gracewell of Sutton Coldfield resident Edna celebrates 100th birthday with Mayor and letter from the Queen

Gracewell  |  August 2, 2019

Edna May Webster celebrated her 100th birthday at Gracewell of Sutton Coldfield with a visit from the Mayor who came to present her with a telegram from the Queen.

Edna was joined by family, team members and the Mayor, David Allan, for the joyous celebration. As well as receiving the telegram, she was surrounded by flowers and balloons to mark a memorable day for the centenarian.

Born shortly after World War I Edna was one of six children born to Thomas and Nellie Parkes. She spent almost her entire life in Walsall after her father moved the family from Middlesbrough in search of work when she was a child. Her upbringing shaped her view on life and she was a firm believer in working hard, saving hard and spending your money wisely.

She was married to Len Webster for fifty years living with him in Darlaston, Aldridge and Walsall. Unfortunately Len had a stroke on Christmas Eve in 1975 leaving him paraplegic and Edna personally looked after her husband until he sadly passed away in 1998. They had a son together, David, and she now has 3 grandchildren who she is immensely proud of.

Throughout her life Edna has always been fiercely independent – driving until the age of 85. She enjoyed reading, holidays to Fuengirola and still enjoys a gin and tonic (on the strong side). She is happily settled in her forever home at Gracewell of Sutton Coldfield.

Jody Sedgwick, Gracewell of Sutton Coldfield’s Area Manager, said:

“It was a really nice day and we couldn’t let this milestone slip by without doing something special for Edna.

“We have a real community feel here at Gracewell of Sutton Coldfield and it was fantastic for the Mayor to come along and present Edna with her telegram from the Queen.”

Her son, David Webster, said:

“I am immensely grateful for how well my mother has settled into Gracewell of Sutton Coldfield and this was the perfect way for her to celebrate her 100th year.”