100 year old's secret of a long and happy life

Rushden resident, Violet Walker, celebrates her 100th birthday today, with a party at home, surrounded by family and friends.

When asked the secret of her long life Violet replies, “Having a good husband.”
Violet was born in Hitchin and moved to Rushden in 1972 with her husband Philip. They had been married for 65 years when he passed away in 2005
Violet was one of four children and left school aged 14. When she was old enough to work she was employed as an embroiderer at the famous Spirella factory in Letchworth Garden City. She remembers earning 16 shillings a week, 4 of which went on her bus fare.

Love blossomed at the local rambling club where Violet met Philip and the couple were married at St Mary’s church in Hitchin in 1940. Philip was a bus conductor working for Birches in Henlow and Violet took on voluntary work helping local people.

Violet is now supported by her friends and caregivers from local care company, Home Instead. Speaking about her client, Violet’s primary caregiver, Kathryn Bates says, “Violet is a lovely lady and full of stories of her earlier life. She speaks affectionately of her parents and family and has many memories of her home life.

“Her mother must have been a major influence on her life and I know that Violet admires her hugely. Violet has told me that her father worked as a policeman and was killed during the war leaving her mother to bring up five children.

“I think her mother inspired her to carry out voluntary work during her married life. Violet managed to have what was taken away from her parents – an enduring and happy marriage. Violet talks so fondly of Philip and says they enjoyed a ‘healthy and happy life’ together.”

The East Northants office of Home Instead is looking for other local people who have compassionate and caring natures who might be interested in becoming caregivers.

To contact Home Instead in East Northants call 01933 358708 or visit:  www.homeinstead.co.uk/eastnorthants.