A WASHINGTON woman has celebrated her 103rd birthday.
Elsie Jones travelled the world with husband George before he passed away aged 60 more than four decades ago.
Now the mother-of-two, from Springwell Village in Washington, is being cared for in the town’s Manor Care Home.
Born in Brandon, County Durham, Elsie enjoyed a very adventurous life.
After falling in love with Army captain George Jones, she decided that she couldn’t live without him and sailed on her own to Egypt, where he was posted.
They married there and Elsie spent time working as a governess in various countries, following George to each of his postings.
He ended up being posted to India, where Elsie gave birth to daughter June Davidson, who now lives in Kenley, Surrey. The couple also have a son, David Jones.
The family eventually moved back to County Durham, where Captain Jones ran a post-war prisoner-of-war camp.
After the war, he became a salesman and Elsie and the children travelled all over the country with his job, before settling down in 1966 in Springwell Village.
Fiercely independent, Elise lived at home until she was 100 years old, before moving into the Washington care home two years ago.
Unfortuantely she found herself on ward 23 of Gateshead’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital for her birthday, where staff presented her with a card and bouquet of flowers.
Son David said: “She was very independent, and lived in her own home till she was well past 100 years old.
“It was so nice for staff to try and make the day special for her, and it was such a beautiful bunch of flowers they bought for her.”