Celebrating a century

A BUXTON resident celebrated her 100th birthday at the weekend surrounded by her family.

Ethel Jones marked Saturday’s milestone with a small party at the Portland Nursing Home, Buxton.

Born in Denaby, South Yorkshire, Ethel was the youngest of eight children. Her father died in 1918 during a flu epidemic and her mother died two years later after having a stroke, leaving nine-year-old Ethel an orphan. She moved in with her eldest sister Nellie and her family before leaving school aged 13 and coming to Buxton on the train to go into service.

Ethel met Buxton man David Jones and they married in 1930, having children Bryan, Norman, Roy and Beryl. The family moved to Sterndale Moor in 1934.

Ethel worked at Sterndale Moor Junior School cooking dinners and later cooked for White Hall and the Bull i’th’ Thorn.

David died in 1963, but Ethel remained in Sterndale Moor until 1993 when she moved to Milnthorpe bungalows on Macclesfield Road.

Ethel remained very active, knitting, doing tapestries and having several holidays abroad. She also enjoyed cooking and baking and would walk the half-mile into Buxton at least twice a week.

She has lived at the Portland Nursing Home on Park Road since August. Ethel has 11 grand children and 31 great grandchildren.