Card from the Queen adds to Lily’s big 100th celebration

Kidderminster Shuttle: ‘Wonderful’: Lily Williams on her 100th birthday. Picture: PHIL LOACH. 251337L. ‘Wonderful’: Lily Williams on her 100th birthday. Picture: PHIL LOACH. 251337L.

A “WONDERFUL” Wyre Forest mother has celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends.

After receiving her birthday card from the Queen, Lily Williams, of Lickhill Road, Stourport, marked the special occasion with a lunch out with family and friends.

Born Lily Violet on June 18, 1913, in Smethwick, Mrs Williams was one of four children.

Her mother died when Lily was eight and she went to live with her aunt where, according to son Kevin, she “became a mum to her three brothers and father”.

During the Second World War, she worked at a bakers in Smethwick which was bombed. She moved to Kidderminster following the war, where she met and married Eddy Williams and had two children, Kevin and Lynne.

Mr Williams died in 1962 when Kevin and Lynne were just 14 and 11 respectively.

Mrs Williams started working as a picker for CM Co, in New Road, to support her family until her retirement in 1973.

Kevin said: “She has always been a wonderful mother and under very difficult circumstances, with my father dying when we were very young.

“We celebrated her birthday by taking her out to lunch and we would like to thank the family for the day and for supporting her.”

He said some of her former work colleagues from CM Co also attended the lunch.

Mrs Williams has four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. During her time in Kidderminster, she lived in Chapel Street and Pershore Road, moving to Stourport about 10 years ago.

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