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Family join Emma for 100th birthday celebrations

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 11, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Emma Williams

  • Emma Williams. Left, Emma with her nine-year-old great-grandson Toby Upright.

  • The array of flowers, gifts and Emma's 100 Birthday Cake.

  • Emma with her eight great-grandchildren.

  • Emma with her eight great-grandchildren.

  • Emma with her family.

  • Emma Williams with her family.

  • Emma with her nine-year-old great-grandson Toby Upright.

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A LEEK resident who turned 100 last week was treated to a special birthday party by her family.

Emma Williams, who was brought up in Tunstall, lived most of her life in Endon, before moving to Leek six years ago.

Emma was an active member of the Mothers' Union and chaired her local group for a number of years.

Emma, who has been living at Abbey Court Residential Home in Leek for the past six years, was born at the beginning of the First World War.

"Her father sadly died in action during the conflict, at the age of 24.

Emma's daughter Megan Upright said: "Mum has certainly made up for her father dying so young."

Emma, who married Thomas Williams, had two children, and subsequently four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, with the youngest being four years old and the eldest 21.

For her birthday, on Friday, family members showered Emma with gifts including lots of bouquets of flowers and '100' balloons.

She was also given a telegram from The Queen.

After a celebration at Abbey Court Residential Home with fellow residents, Emma's family took her to her daughter's house in Endon for a birthday party with all of her family members.

Megan said of her mother: "She has been wonderful as a mum.

"She has never spoken bad about anybody. She has been a really good role model.

"It is amazing that she is still with us. She always liked walking a lot and has been an avid reader."

Emma said of being 100: "It's really no different.

"I have seen many changes over my life."

And as for the secret of such a long life, Emma added: "I have just kept fit and healthy.

"It's been lovely seeing everyone today and having a wonderful party for my birthday."

Emma's great-grandson Toby Upright, aged nine, told the Post & Times: "I am proud of my great-grandma reaching 100.

"I have been told that not many people reach 100. She has always been quite lively although she is getting a bit forgetful now.

"She has always been a nice great-grandma and I always look forward to visiting her."

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