“Amazing” Grace Astonishes Us Again!
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!