There is no doubt as to who is the “First Lady” at Tanglewood Cedar Falls Care Home, Spalding, after a recent 101st birthday party there.
Florence “Flossie” Desborough was the centre of attention last Thursday where staff and residents sang “Happy Birthday” to a very special lady.
Born in West Pinchbeck when George V was King, Herbert Asquith was Prime Minister, World War I entered its second year and John Buchan’s classic espionage novel, The Thirty Nine Steps, was published.
Brenda Love, senior care assistant at Tanglewood Cedar Falls Care Home, said: “Flossie is a really lovely lady and is no problem at all.
“I’ve known her for many years because she used to live in the same village as me, Deeping St Nicholas.
“Even though she’s partially blind, Flossie knows when I’m with her straightaway and she knows who I am as well.
I’ve known her for many years because she used to live in the same village as me, Deeping St Nicholas, and she’s a really lovely ladyBrenda Love, senior care assistant at Tanglewood Cedar Falls Care Home, Spalding
“People come into the home and visit her, including some of her family, and she can still communicate with us, despite her being a little deaf.”
One of 11 children in her family, Florence grew up in Crowland where she went to the old South View Primary School in Reform Street, Crowland.
After leaving school aged 14, Florence worked on the land before moving to Deeping St Nicholas where she married her late husband Tom in 1939.
Brenda said: “Tom and Flossie didn’t have any children, but she still has one of her sisters called Olive who is now 94 and lives in Peterborough.
“People from Crowland still come to visit Flossie and, at other times, she sits in her chair and either listens or joins in with the daily activities we have at the care home.”
Flossie moved back to Crowland from Deeping St Nicholas in 1979 and enjoyed going on holiday, including trips to Skegness, Great Yarmouth and Hunstanton.
She worked at Van Geest Nurseries in Spalding and played a key role in decorating floats for the town’s annual flower parade.
Brenda said: “Flossie used to enjoy gardening and baking, but also went to the Over 60s Club in Crowland until she moved into Tanglewood Cedar Falls Care Home last year after a fire at her bungalow.
“One of her personal achievements was being voted as Crowland’s Best Neighbour in 1980 and she’s still a very popular lady now.”