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Phyllis defies pneumonia to celebrate her 100th birthday
1:40pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
BATTLING Phyllis Holley fought her way back to health in time to celebrate her 100th birthday.
Phyllis spent a month in hospital with pneumonia but was released ten days before her party at her Southampton care home.
Daughter Tessa Curtis, of Scholing, Southampton, said: “She’s still very weary and sleeps a lot but she’s eating again.”
One of 13 children, Phyllis was born at Empress Road, Southampton, in 1913. She worked at Springhill Nursing Home in Hill Lane before getting married at Highfield Church on September 6, 1939. Her husband Jack was in the Royal Engineers in the Second World War and built bridges used by troops in the D-Day landings.
They later lived in Bassett, before moving to a property that Jack built himself in 1976.
Phyllis was widowed in 1989.
She moved to Rosewood Care Home in Swift Road a year ago.
Relatives travelled from as far afield as Bournemouth and Bexhill to help her celebrate.
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