Seaham’s Sanna has 101 reasons to smile

Sanna Miller, pictured with niece Janet Miller and care assistants from Ashwood Park Care Home, Carol Harland and Jan Noble.

Sanna Miller, pictured with niece Janet Miller and care assistants from Ashwood Park Care Home, Carol Harland and Jan Noble.

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ONE of Seaham’s oldest ladies has celebrated her 101st birthday with her loving family by her side.

Sanna Miller, who was born in Seaham and spent her whole life in the town before moving to a care home in Eashington a decade ago, fondly remembers growing up by the sea.

She has helped a lot of people into jobs over the years, and her whole life has been about helping people

Sanna Miller’s niece, Janet

And her birthday gave her the chance to reminisce with family members, including niece Janet Miller, who now lives in Leicester but travelled back to the North East to be with Sanna on her special day.

Sanna now lives at Ashwood Park Care Home, in Seaside Lane, Easington, but Seaham remains where her heart is.

Niece Janet said: “She thoroughly enjoyed her birthday, and you wouldn’t believe she is 101.

“The care home were really good, with banners put up around the place and a birthday cake.

“We talked about the war time with her, and she still remembers things well from many, many years ago.

“She also talked a lot about Seaham, the seafront and where she grew up.

“It’s always a trip down memory lane, every time we see her, and I come up to see her as often as I can.”

Sanna worked as a careers officer, and helped set her niece on the way to becoming a teacher.

Mrs Miller added: “Because of her advice, I became a teacher, and I continue to do that job now.

“She has helped a lot of people into jobs over the years, and her whole life has been about helping people.

“She has been very, very active all her life, and has been the matriarch of the family, looking after everyone.”

Sanna never married and has no children, but she did help to bring up two family members.

Mrs Miller added: “We always used to ask her why she never married, and she would say she was too busy looking after us.

“She was always there to help us, and with her mother, she actually brought up two members of the family.”

Family members continued to visit Sanna over the weekend, and her niece was full of praise for the staff at the care home, who made her birthday ‘amazing’.

She said: “The staff are truly amazing here, and make every day special for the residents, but particularly birthdays.”