It’s not every centenarian who receives a bouquet from champion golfer Darren Clarke, but then not every centenarian has followed his career with such interest.
As a fellow member of Dungannon Golf Club, and its lady captain in 1960, Sarah Moore (Sadie) Maxwell followed his progress with delight.
And he has never forgotten her major milestones either, also sending flowers when she turned 90.
In fact, the flowers were just part of a weekend of celebration, including three separate birthday cakes, to celebrate Sadie’s 100th birthday.
Sadie, who moved to Portadown from Dungannon six years ago, was joined by family and friends for a series of get-togethers as she marked the ‘big day’.
She was visited by members of Dungannon Golf Club, and presented them with a novice cup, in recognition not just of her birthday but of her love of encouraging and helping beginners.
A party on Sunday was held at her daughter Serena Dale’s house and was attended by family and friends from Inverness, Portrush, and Waterford, as well as closer to home.
Meanwhile, staff at Rosemount Care Home, where Sadie has lived for the past few months, also held a party, with the Mayor, Councillor Colin McCusker attending as well as Dungannon Presbyterian minister, the Rev Alan Thompson.
Her daughter Deborah Moran said, “Mum enjoyed the Mayor visiting and was delighted with her telegram from the Queen.”
Sadie, who was born in Purdysburn, worked as a book keeper for the Anderson and McAuley store in Belfast from the age of 14 and, as was the custom then, left when she married at the age of 25.
However, as the Second World War progressed, she returned to help out.
Sadie and her husband Thomas Maxwell lived at Newtownbreda and then Killyman in Dungannon when Thomas became a partner in the Ulster Construction Company and Moy Sand and Gravel.
They had four children. Her son William died in May 2002 of a brain tumour while her daughter Serena married Portadown man, the late Eric Dale, who ran Daleway School of Motoring. Her other daughter Deborah also settled in Portadown, marrying David Moran, retired director of Ulster Carpet Mills, while son Gavin lives near Waterford.
Sadie, a grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of seven, suffered the tragedy of losing two grandsons in separate car accidents- Deborah’s son Christopher was killed in 1994 aged 20 and William’s son Jonathan died in 1999, aged 30.
Despite this, and the death of her husband in 1983, her stoicism and good humour has seen her through rough times.