Mum who had 11 children celebrates 100th birthday

Edith Henry, who lives at the Elizabeth Flemming Care Home in Hetton, is celebrating her 100th birthday. Edith with members of her family.
Edith Henry, who lives at the Elizabeth Flemming Care Home in Hetton, is celebrating her 100th birthday. Edith with members of her family.
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A MUM who gave birth to 11 children has celebrated her centenary surrounded by her loving family.

Edith Henry was born in April 1915 and grew up in the Langley Park area of Durham.

Edith Henry, who lives at the Elizabeth Flemming Care Home in Hetton, is celebrating her 100th birthday. Edith with members of her family.

Edith Henry, who lives at the Elizabeth Flemming Care Home in Hetton, is celebrating her 100th birthday. Edith with members of her family.

She married first husband James William Pepper and went on to have 11 children, although two died young.

After Mr Pepper died, when Edith was in her 50s, she remarried, to Robert Henry, who died a decade ago.

Edith, who now lives in Elizabeth Fleming Care Home, in Market Street, Hetton, enjoyed a birthday tea which was attended by Mayor of the town, Tony Wilkinson.

Edith’s youngest daughter June Hopper, 61, said: “At the last count she had 40 grandchildren and with her great-granchildren and great-great grandchildren that number is probably in excess of 100.

It’s marvellous that my mam has reached 100 and loved the life she has led.

June Hopper, daughter of Edith Henry

“A lot of us live away now, but there’s always someone coming to visit her.

“It’s marvellous that my mam has reached 100 and loved the life she has led.

“She worked very hard in bringing us all up and educating us.”

Edith is now blind and unable to walk, but still manages to enjoy eating chocolate, which her family bring in for her.

Edith Henry, who lives at the Elizabeth Flemming Care Home in Hetton, is celebrating her 100th birthday.

Edith Henry, who lives at the Elizabeth Flemming Care Home in Hetton, is celebrating her 100th birthday.

“She’s still a good eater and even though she doesn’t walk now she’s comfortable in a special chair,” added Mrs Hopper.

“We usually like to take her out for her birthday to my sister’s, but that just isn’t possible nowadays with her being the age she is.”

Mrs Hopper also said she wanted to thank workers at Elizabeth Fleming for marking the special occasion.

“The home manager and staff we are absolutely thrilled with,” she said.

Edith Henry, who lives at the Elizabeth Flemming Care Home in Hetton, is celebrating her 100th birthday. Edith with some of her sons and daughter who are, from left, Winifred, John, June, Derek and Mary.

Edith Henry, who lives at the Elizabeth Flemming Care Home in Hetton, is celebrating her 100th birthday. Edith with some of her sons and daughter who are, from left, Winifred, John, June, Derek and Mary.

“They do a fantastic job in what is often a difficult situation. They are wonderful people, all of them.”