“Amaz­ing” Grace As­ton­ishes Us Again!

Evergreen - - Then & Now - AN­GE­LINE WIL­COX


16th was a day to re­mem­ber for in­spi­ra­tional Ever­green reader “Amaz­ing” Grace Jones, as she cel­e­brated her 111th birth­day!

This re­mark­able lady ( pic­tured right), who lives in Broad­way, Worces­ter­shire, is Bri­tain’s sixth old­est per­son — not that you would know it when you meet her. Grace out­shines those of us a frac­tion of her age and ev­ery­one agrees that spend­ing time with her is a real tonic.

Grace rec­om­mends a tot of whisky and wa­ter as her own tonic for a long life. She has been tak­ing her whisky night­cap for nearly 60 years and says: “It helps me sleep well.” She also told me her other golden rules in life: “Never worry, it’s not worth it, and you must also stay ac­tive.”

Grace, a for­mer milliner, who was born in Liver­pool, mar­ried her late hus­band, Leonard, a chief en­gi­neer, in 1933. The cou­ple had one daugh­ter, Deirdre, and lived around the coun­try in­clud­ing North Wales and Devon.

I first met Grace, when she was 103 and, over the years, she has hardly changed. Her live­li­ness, sense of fun and hu­mour is an ut­ter joy and she sparkles with a love of life.

Her de­voted daugh­ter Deirdre McCarthy ( pic­tured left with her mother) ad­mits she is in awe of her mother’s de­ter­mined and pos­i­tive spirit. “She is al­ways so full of en­ergy and has such an in­ter­est in what’s go­ing on around her. She doesn’t like a quiet life at all!”

This was ev­i­dent through­out Grace’s birth­day week­end as she cel­e­brated twice with a lunch and a tea party.

It was an oc­ca­sion that gen­er­ated me­dia at­ten­tion lo­cally, na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. As Grace cut her sec­ond cake of the week­end, Deirdre an­nounced that her mother had “gone vi­ral” on so­cial me­dia and there had been mes­sages of con­grat­u­la­tions flood­ing in from around the world. For the birth­day girl who was born in 1906, be­com­ing a so­cial- me­dia sen­sa­tion was quite some­thing!

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