A loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother celebrated turning 100 on Sunday.
Vesta Avery (nee Rowley) celebrated her special birthday with friends and family at her home at the Orchard Meadows assisted living development in Prescott Close, Banbury.
Mrs Avery was born on September 29, 1913 in Mansfield. She was the youngest of four siblings born to parents George and Martha before the family relocated to Hednesford when she was small.
She met her future husband Charles in 1947 while on holiday at Skegness Butlins and the couple were married a year later. They had two children, Royden in 1952 and Elaine in 1958.
Charles sadly died in 1961 with Mrs Avery and her children moving to Banbury in 1966, originally settling in Arundel Place. They later moved to a bungalow in Union Street. Mrs Avery was one of the first residents to move in to Orchard Meadows and at its official launch she handed flowers to Princess Alexandra, who opened the facility.
Speaking about her birthday, Mrs Avery said: “It has been a great day. I have had so many cards and flowers from everyone. I have never smoked and never drunk and tried to live my life as best as I could.
“There were times when we did not have a lot of money but we had a lot of love and many happy memories as a family. I have loved my life.”
Mrs Avery has five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.