Gardening enthusiast Dolly Reeves turns 100
GARDENING enthusiast Dolly Reeves was delighted when her family helped her celebrate a century of life.
The great grandmother of four was surprised for her big birthday with a reunion of some of her nearest and dearest.
And Mrs Reeves, who was born in Croft Road in Charlton Kings and lived in the area for nearly all her life, was pleased as punch to have special visitors to help her mark the day.
Two years ago, she moved to Bafford House, a residential care home.
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Her daughter Rose Mountain said her mother had been touched by her surprise 100th birthday gathering.
Rose said: "Mum was so happy. She couldn't believe she was 100 years old.
"We brought some alcohol-free wine for her on her birthday, but she didn't like it at all. She loves her sherry."
She paid tribute to her mum, saying she had never grumbled as she helped take care of four generations of Reeves.
A mother of two, she has four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Dolly, who was a keen gardener in her younger years and won prizes when she was a member of the Fuchsia Society, grew up on Croft road, until she left aged nine for South Wales when her mother fell ill.
She moved back to Charlton Kings five years later, and worked at the post office on Croft Road till she was 16.
She went into housekeeping, and met her husband, Harold, when he was a waiter in Cheltenham.
They lived together in School Road, and moved to Croft Gardens. When her husband died in 1995, when Mrs Reeves was 85, she moved in with her son, Roger.
Rose said: "She was very strong, and she is still very fit.
"She is fitter than my brother and I, and she still enjoys her time."
She paid tribute to being a fantastic mother, saying they were never at odds about anything.
"She was a great mother, absolutely fantastic," she added. "If we wanted anything sorted out she would do it. We never argued growing up."
Chris Ryder, who delivers flowers to the home, has known Dolly for years.
Chris said: "She's got a great sense of humour, which has kept her going, I'm sure.
"She's just a tiny person, but she's got a great personality."