Connie, who was born in Wimbledon in 1920, has lived at Dormy House Care Home for the past two years and says the secret to a long life is, “Health and happiness along with a good meal or two with family.”
In her early 20s during WW2 Connie remembers being a mother’s help looking after three young children whose mother was terminally ill. She recalls a couple of near misses, one where a Doodlebug exploded in the street leaving a huge crater.
Connie comes from a retail background and continued that trend when she started working for Bentalls and then moved into the laboratory with ICI. She married Bob who was a baker, and the couple lived in Streatham and had a daughter, Christine, then two grandchildren Kathryn and Matthew. Connie was widowed in 1995.
Music is one of her great loves, particularly James Last and his Orchestra who she has seen perform at the Royal Albert Hall several times. Connie loves listening to music and taking part in musical activities at Dormy House today. She also enjoys the regular toddler group visits to the Home, which will start again once the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
Home Manager Joanne Gullon said, “Connie has been at Dormy house for two years and in that time she’s been an amazing resident with a great sense of humour. Connie is also really hospitable and a generous, caring lady that loves her family and her friends.”
Joanne added that for her birthday celebration Connie was serenaded by Luca, one of the care team, on guitar as well as the whole team singing happy birthday and sharing a fabulous cake made by the head chef. She received a number of presents and cards including a special card from the Queen.