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'Sherry and fun is secret to long life'
8:00am Friday 1st March 2013 in News
A FORMER Stourport Mayor and leading lady in Wyre Forest’s civic history has celebrated her 101stbirthday.
Elizabeth Mills toasted her milestone on Monday with a party at Ravenhurst Care Home, where she has lived for six years, surrounded by her familyandfriends.
She was serenaded by 13- year-old Sascha Lewis, a friend of the Lickhill Road Northhome,whosangsomeof her favouritesongs.
Mrs Mills, who is also a former president of the Worcestershire Girl Guides, joked that her secretto reaching 101 was “a glass of sherry on special occasions and living a happylife.”
The retired bank clerk was born in Derbyshire and grew up in Rugeley before moving to Stourport withher latehusbandLesleyin1956.
Her son Stephen and three grandsonsAndrew,Stuartand Peter, who all live in Cheltenham, joined her for her birthdaycelebrations.
Mrs Mills was Mayor of Stourport from 1982 to 1983 and again from 1992 to 1993.
She was also Chairman of Wyre Forest District Council from 1979 to 1980 and was the first person to be Life President of the Wyre Forest ConservativeAssociation.
Mrs Mills, who was also a Worcestershire county councillor, was awardedanMBEin 1981 for services to the local community. Speaking about her MBE, she said: “I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the Queen and the telegram I received for turning 100 helps metoremember it.”
She added: “I feel wonderful about reaching 101 and have enjoyedhelping others.Iloved being in the Girl Guides and have had great fun meeting people from so many different backgrounds.”
Ravenhurst manager Anastasia Meredith said: “Elizabeth is a wonderful lady who inspires us all and can brighten anybody’s day with a flashofher fantastic smile.
“Elizabethis a real social butterfly and loves a good party, always taking part in any events which take place here.
She is so sociable and loves nothing more than walking aroundandhaving a chat with her fellow residents and the team.”
The former Stourport Social Day Centre for the over-55s was renamed The Elizabeth MillsCentrein2010.