ELSIE Jenkins celebrated her 101st birthday last Friday with a celebration at Abbeyfields retirement home in Dunchurch Road.
She was born in Abertillery, south Wales, to May Morris and John Edge Morris in 1911. After attending Abergavenny Girl’s Grammar School - which she had to commute by train daily to get to - she worked in London as a nanny to two children.
She later moved to Arley, near Nuneaton, in 1939 and worked at Jaguar in Coventry as a sewing machinist. She was once tasked with stitching the lavish seat covers for the prototype E-Type Jaguar.
Elsie had three sons, Roger, Graham and Phil and now has four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Darren Yates, manager at Elsie’s home, said her friends and family threw her a birthday party to celebrate the milestone.
“Just like her 100th birthday a year ago Elsie enjoyed a glass or two of champagne in the company of her friends and family,” he said.
“It was a fantastic day for us all and she was delighted to have been given three cakes and lots and lots of cards by well wishers.
“She’s the life and soul of the party here and everyone is delighted for her.”