INDEPENDENT great-great-grandmother Mary Ellen Venny celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday.
She marked the special occasion surrounded by her family and friends at an ‘open house’ on Monday afternoon.
Mary still lives in her own house in Emneth and has never suffered a serious illness in her life. Even now she does not take any medication.
Son Gordon said she never used to touch alcohol, even at Christmas, but now enjoys a drop of Baileys in her coffee.
He added: “A gypsy woman once told her that she would die as an old lady, but not from an illness. Mum is always telling us that she was right.”
The feisty centenarian is clearly the matriarch of her family and does not stand for any nonsense.
As a child, Mary lived on Hundred Foot Bank and remembers walking the couple of miles to Suspension Bridge School in Welney every day. After leaving school, she worked on the land and continued in that line of work until she retired.
Mary was a young bride when she married husband Cyril and the couple had seven children – Brenda, Ron, Morris, Gordon, Margaret, Michael and Bernie.
Her children remember their mother always rushing around and never being still. She would regularly cycle miles to do land work and then return home in the evening to cook dinner for her brood.
Mary had 13 grandchildren and now has 20 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren with three more on the way.