Family and friends of Laurelvale woman Sarah Jane Edgar gathered on Sunday to celebrate her 100th birthday.
Mrs Edgar, who was born in Ballylisk on February 2, 1914, and brought up in Laurelvale, also had a separate celebration on Saturday when she was presented with her telegram from the Queen by the Rev John Greer, Moderator of the Free Presbyterian Church.
The moderator’s visit was organised by Portadown’s Bethany minister the Rev Kenneth Elliott, with Mrs Edgar having been a worshipper there all her life.
The mother-of-three lived in Laurelvale up until 10 years ago when she became a resident of Glenview Care Home, Bleary. Her daughter Olive Lappin works in the home as a cook and is able to see her mum most days.
She said, “She is very happy there. She likes a chat and has a good sense of humour and a great sense of fun. All the staff think the world of her.”
Among the guests at the centenary celebrations were Olive and husband Keith, daughter-in-law Glynis Edgar, son-in-law grandson Richard Edgar, her cousin Jim Dermott, who is also a resident at the home, and cousin Sylvia Taylor and her husband Peter, from Laurelvale.
Mrs Lappin did a variety of jobs after leaving primary school, working in weaving and apple factories, in Ulster Meats and as a cleaner.
She was left with three children to care for, aged from 4-13, after her husband James died at the age of 48. Her other children Loretta (Brownlee) and Jim predeceased her.
In her later years, she enjoyed reading and gardening.
Said her daughter Olive, “She had a great day. She loved being the centre of attention. She was queen for the day.”