Great-great-great grandmother says life is pretty fine as she celebrates 100th
PUBLISHED: 14:20 15 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:20 15 March 2017
Ahead of a congratulatory card from the Queen arriving, family members flocked from afar to join in the big celebrations on Saturday.
Gertrude Jordan turned 100-years-old on Tuesday, and she attributed her longevity to a lifetime of humour, gardening and family.
The great-great-grandmother celebrated her birthday early surrounded by four other generations of her family.
This included her great-great-granddaughters Ava, six, Macey, 13, Molly, five, Chloe, 15 and great-great-grandson Corey, 12.
Her great-grandaughters Charlene and Sherine, granddaughter Wendy and daughter Maureen.
Gertrude worked in a cafe along High Road, South Woodford, with her daughter, for many years, before the pair moved to a cafe in the Ford factory.
She enjoyed travelling with her husband Dennis, who also worked at the factory, and the pair enjoyed frequent trips to Cornwall.
They had one daughter, Maureen and a son, Brian, who now lives in Auckland, New Zealand.
The party was full of memories, said granddaughter Wendy Sabaroche.
She said: “We had a lovely time together.
“We put on the type of music she used to listen and shared memories of past holidays.
“She has had a very good life.
“It was a bit of a rollercoaster last year, when she fell ill and family members flew in from all around the world.
“But as soon as they arrived, she perked up and seems to have carried on in good health.
“She and Dennis loved their allotment, they used to bring their cat Minnie down with them.
“She also loves baking and cooking and seeing all her family.
“I think humour has always been one of the biggest things for her, you can’t be around her without having a good laugh.”