Prinsted’s Winifred celebrates her century

Winifred McGarey on her 100th birthday at the Prinsted Care Home
Winifred McGarey on her 100th birthday at the Prinsted Care Home

FAMILY and friends have celebrated the 100th birthday of a grandmother with a ‘quick wit and good sense of humour’.

Winifred McGarey was born on October 30, 1914, and lives at the Prinsted Care Home, in Southbourne.

Her two children Bridget and Miles said: “She has been a most supportive mother and grandmother, and a very loyal friend. “She doesn’t suffer fools gladly and has a quick wit and good sense of humour.

“It is typical of her determination and pride that she has adapted so well to her present situation, and is obviously very happy at Prinsted where she is looked after with much care.”

Winifred said her two children were ‘very lovely’ as she prepared to open her message from the Queen.

She was born in Ealing into a strict Plymouth Brethren family. She had an older sister called Irene and a younger named Madge, to whom she always remained close.

Winifred remained closely attached to the brethren until soon after her marriage to Hubert Tisdall in her early twenties.

According to her children, despite the earlier influence of the religion, she loved clothes and shared her husband’s love of cars, played bridge and won many prizes for wine making.

Prinsted’s manager Melanie Bennett said it was ‘an honour’ to celebrate with Winifred.