Ethel enjoys life at Fairlawn and believes that good home cooked food is the recipe for long life!
Good home cooked food is the recipe for long life according to Ethel Arliss who celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday. Ethel, who lives at Fairlawn residential home in Ferndown, was surrounded by three generations of family and friends when she opened her official birthday card from the Queen. Ethel has always taken care of herself and reads a passage from the Bible at bedtime. “She has never complained about anything,” says nephew Colin Wilcox. “She never smoked or drank alcohol, but she enjoyed cooking and thought it was very important to eat well.” It comes as no surprise that during the war Ethel worked in the NAAFI at Lulworth. She married George who worked in the Army Petroleum Depot in West Moors until he retired, and Ethel was a devoted stepmother to George’s children. George died in 1985 and Ethel has continued to be a proud step-grandmother and great grandmother. On her milestone birthday Ethel was in the place she most wanted to be. “She had always lived in West Moors, but as she got older she often said that if she had to move the only place she wanted to go was Fairlawn,” says Colin. “She moved in six years ago and is very happy here.”