'Vibrant' Edith Chambers celebrates her special birthday at Poplars Care Home

Edith Chambers with her family and friends on her special day.

Edith Chambers with her family and friends on her special day.

First published in News

The matriarch of a Hampshire family was surrounded by four generations of relatives as she celebrated her 106th birthday.

Edith Chambers marked the occasion with a family bash at the Poplars Care Home in Glen Eyre Way, Southampton.

She was born in Southampton and lived in Bevois Valley before moving to London and serving as a nurse during the Second World War.

She met and married husband Joseph, a policeman and then a businessman, and the couple returned to Southampton in the late 1950s.

They settled down in a home in Freemantle and she worked as head cook at the Civic Centre.

Joseph died in 1974, after suffering from a muscle wasting disease.

The pair had one child, and Edith now has four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

One of her grandchildren, 54-year-old Kevin Chambers from Eastleigh, said: “She’s one in a million.

“She’s vibrant, outgoing and very switched on – she’s just a good nan.

“She’s the head of the family; everyone rallies around her if there’s trouble.”

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