There was a double celebration for Evelyn “Cissie” Joslin when she celebrated her 100th birthday last week.
A resident at Roscarrack House in Falmouth since 2007, Cissie was first treated to a tea party surrounded by staff and her friends from the home.
This was followed in the afternoon with a family meal at the Royal Duchy Hotel on Falmouth’s seafront.
Cissie was born in Tiverton to Jack and Annie Southwood and attended Hesketh School where she liked all academic subjects as well as dancing.
Her mother was a cook at a hospital and her father was a carpenter who helped build buses. It was his work that led the family to move to Exeter and then Newton Abbey.
In 1938, Cissie married George Henry Joslin in Newton Abbot and they went on to have two daughters. They moved to Penryn with George’s work – he was in charge of the barrage balloons during the war. After the war, the couple ran a grocery business in Falmouth.
They moved back to Devon when George retired and he died there aged 82.
After 15 years on her own, Cissie decided to move back to Falmouth.
Cissie, who had been a member of the WI and the Inner Wheel, now has four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.