Wednesfield resident Mabel Daniels celebrates 100th birthday

Former factory worker Mabel Daniels celebrated her 100th birthday in style with a letter from the Queen and a surprise party with close family and friends at Ashley Court Care Home in Wolverhampton.

Seamtress Mabel Daniels, whose husband was lost in WW2, is 100 today celebrating at care home with family and staff at Ashley Court Care Home. Pictured with front left, Pam Kaminski, Pete and John Lamsdale and Graham Poole.
Seamtress Mabel Daniels, whose husband was lost in WW2, is 100 today celebrating at care home with family and staff at Ashley Court Care Home. Pictured with front left, Pam Kaminski, Pete and John Lamsdale and Graham Poole.

Mabel, who was born in the city, enjoyed cycling in her younger life and sad that she would travel as far as Bridgnorth for a day out.

She still believes in keeping her mind active by doing daily crossword puzzles and puts the secret to her longevity down to "living a simple and quiet life".

Mabel, who also once lived in Wednesfield, has been a resident at Ashley Court at Penn since 1991 and enjoys watching sports programmes on television and particularly Wimbledon and snooker.

She said that she enjoyed reading the Express & Star to keep abreast of local news and current affairs.

During her working life she was employed at the Eveready Battery factory, helping with the war effort, and later went to work in a factory producing lipstick.

Mabel married her late husband, George, On September 2, 1944, and they enjoyed going dancing at a ballroom in Wolverhampton and popping into the Bird-In-Hand in Fallings Park for a drink.

The couple often looked after her niece, Pam Kaminski, who had her own room at their house and went on holidays with them to Scotland.

Mabel taught Pam to play card games and helped with her maths and also took her nephew, Graham, with her by train to New Brighton

Holidays were also enjoyed with her sisters and brothers-in-law but her expertise with a camera became something of a family joke.

They still recall her taking pictures of everyone but being disappointed when the prints returned from the developers and showed only her ear had been captured on film.

Pam, aged 67, from Newport, near Stafford, said: "Auntie Mabel is a quiet, intelligent woman who suffered from Covid earlier this year but recovered without the need to go into hospital. She still follows the Wolves and particularly loves doing word search puzzles."

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