Olive celebrates 100th milestone

By Jordan Reynolds | Shrewsbury | News | Published:

A great-grandmother from Shrewsbury has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Olive McGarry celebrating her 100th birthday

Olive McGarry spent her birthday with family at The Ferns Residential Home, Longden Road, surrounded by flowers and cards, including one from the Queen.

Mrs McGarry was born in Liverpool in 1918 before moving to Kent to be in the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron during the Second World War.

She met her husband Bert on the Isle of Man and they then moved to Nottingham, before living in Blackpool.

Mr and Mrs McGarry moved to Shrewsbury in the early 1980s where Mrs McGarry worked at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital as an orderly and Mr McGarry worked as a builder.

Olive McGarry celebrating her 100th birthday with her family

Mr McGarry passed away in 2000, and Mrs McGarry then lived in her own home until the age of 99 when she became unwell.

The couple had two children, Sandra Adams and Carol Evans, and Mrs McGarry now has six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mrs McGarry celebrated her 100th birthday on June 13 in The Ferns Residential Home, Shrewsbury.


Mrs Evans said her mother liked gardening and her parents enjoyed holidays together.

She said: "Gardening was a bit hobby, as well as going on holidays.

"She's only just moved out of her own home, she is very independent.

"She is very fun and likes chatting to people.

"She loved her birthday, everyone made a big fuss of her in the home and we also had a family do with a buffet at my sister's house.

"My mother had a birthday card from the Queen and from the local MP and lots of flowers and balloons and things, she loved it all."

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.


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