A resident recently celebrated her 90th birthday on the same day as the Queen.
To mark the milestone moment, Joan Gray, 90, of Brendon Place, Chelmsford, enjoyed her day with friends and family. To celebrate the momentous occasion Joan was presented with champagne and flowers from our Chief Executive, Stuart Stackhouse, and also received a visit from the Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Paul Hutchinson.
Joan, a sprightly nonagenarian who has lived in one of our properties since 2002, was born in Writtle on the 21st April 1926 and went onto work with her father at a bakery in the village before becoming a clerical worker at the Marconi Company.
Joan then met her husband, Maurice George Gray - who served in Burma with the Royal Artillery during World War Two - at a dance in Writtle Village Hall, which her father organised. The couple married on April 27th 1945 and their daughter, Sandra Ellin (nee Gray), was born in May 1947.
Joan said: “I’m being boastful now but a lot of people say, ‘You don’t look 90’. I used to work out on the land a bit before I got married and I’ve always had an outdoor life.”
As an active 90-year-old, Joan has spent the last five years meeting other people of a similar age at tea afternoons.
“I think helping and chatting with people helps,” added Joan. “Sometimes I hear their problems and think ‘well I’m glad I’m not in that state’.”
Her daughter Sandra Ellin added: “Without wishing to sound corny – and no doubt many would say the same about theirs – but I think she is the best mum in the world.”
Stuart Stackhouse, Chief Executive, said: “We were happy to recognize Joan’s birthday which is shared with our Queen. Some say that 90 is the new 70 and Joan is a fine example of an independent lady who lives life to the full.”