Great-grandmother celebrates 104th birthday at Queensmead

5th August 2017

Residents and staff at Queensmead have enjoyed a very special day at the home, when one resident celebrated her 104th birthday.

Muriel Rae celebrated her milestone in style, surrounded by her family and friends at the home, as they all enjoyed a delicious handmade cake decorated with beautiful roses made by Muriel’s cousin.

Born in 1913 in Mountain Ash, Wales, Muriel moved to London to work in service at the age of 14. She moved to Bournemouth a few years later to work as a waitress in a local hotel with her aunt, and went on to run a boarding house on Holdenhurst Road. She worked there until she retired, when she moved to Highcliffe to make the most of the sunshine!

Muriel has a son David who lives in America, with his wife and three daughters; she now has great-grandchildren and enjoys regular visits from her family as they travel from America to see her. Although they couldn’t be there for her birthday celebrations this year, members of Muriel’s family will be visiting her in September for more celebrations.

Emma Cotton, Home Manager at Care South’s Queensmead, said: “We were delighted to be able to celebrate Muriel’s special day with her. She is a popular resident, with lots of friends at the home, and is a real character. She’s always full of smiles and is at her happiest when the sun is shining!

“Muriel tells me that she is amazed that she’s reached 104, but says that she still only feels 80!”

Commenting on her birthday celebrations, Muriel added: “I had a wonderful day seeing all my friends and family together, I still can’t believe I’m 104! I’m often asked what’s my secret and I really believe you are only as old as you feel. I’m still young at heart and take so much enjoyment from my life. I would like to thank all the staff and residents at Queensmead, as well as all my loved ones, for making my big day one to remember!”

At Queensmead, Muriel enjoys sitting in the sun in the home’s garden, chatting with her friends and popping into town to do some shopping – and to treat herself to her favourite sweet milky coffee and chocolate pastry. She loves pampering sessions and having her nails painted, alongside the popular visits by local school children and animals to the home to meet with the residents.