Centenarian celebrates milestone with her 17 grandchildren
A centenarian celebrated her mighty milestone last week with a party and a visit from the Mayor of Wandsworth.
Violet Holloway, 100, was joined by her two sons, Derek and Michael, and a number of friends last Friday at the Ashmead Care Centre in Roehampton.
Also at the party were her six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.
Mrs Holloway worked in a number of well-known businesses and factories including Prices Candles, in York Road, Battersea, in the 1920s, Birds Greengrocers in Earlsfield during the war and Clarksmiths Furniture in Garratt Lane, Earlsfield.
She also worked as a canteen lady, until the age of 75, at Graysons Plant Hire, in Somerstown, Earlsfield.
The birthday girl was born Violet Smith on August 9, 1913, and lived in Ingrave Street, Battersea, before moving with her parents to Ask Terrace and then Maysoule Road, both in Battersea.
After meeting and marrying her husband Michael in 1937, the couple moved to Trewince Road, also in Battersea, where they lived for the next 41 years until her husband's death in 1978.
Mrs Holloway continued living in the Trewince house until she moved to the Ashmead Care Centre earlier this year.
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