Mullion woman celebrates 100th year in the village
2:10pm Wednesday 30th May 2012 in News
After a century of living in Mullion it was fitting that Mildred Mardon should celebrate her 100th birthday in the village that she has given so much of her life to.
Her friend and neighbour Anna Fowles hosted a party for Mildred in her conservatory, with well wishers dropping in cards and enjoying a slice of cake all afternoon. Her many nephews and nieces were among the visitors.
Mildred asked for donations in lieu of gifts, raising £260 for Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), the charity that supports blind and partially sighted people.
Mildred was born in Mullion and has lived in the village all her life. She continues to live on her own, with carers calling each day to give support.
Her father and brothers helped build the bungalow that is still her home, which at one stage her whole family lived in.
Mildred never married but helped her mother with the family after her father died, when she was still relatively young.
She worked on her sister’s farm and also for a friend who owned bed and breakfast accommodation, and for many years she was cleaner and caretaker of Mullion Methodist Church. Although unable to attend weekly services in recent years, Mildred was a keen member of the congregation in years gone by.
She has always enjoyed books and only gave up regular library visits six or seven years ago, when her eyesight declined.
Mildred is the latest member of her family to reach her 100th birthday. Her late sister Iris Pengilly also reached the milestone, while living at Poldhu Nursing Home.
Mildred visited her sister every day before her passing recently.
Mrs Fowles said: “She would do anything for anyone. She’s so kind. In her time she did a lot for a lot of people in the village.”
She added that Mildred, who organised the party and catering, had “absolutely loved” the celebration.
“Thank you to everyone who came and wished her happy birthday. She had had a lot of cards by the end of the day,” added Mrs Fowles, who said the final count reached 62 cards.