Peggy Hayward, who was brought up in Treverva and Budock, has died just four months after celebrating her 100th birthday with family and friends.

Her son Roger said: “There are many who reach 100, but very few who can claim to have enjoyed their birthday party with relatives and friends. There were many happy times during her life.

“From a very tender age she enjoyed singing and must have been good. Even at her Sunday School in Treverva she would team up with Joan Eathorne, the daughter of the postmistress and Sunday school choir leader, giving duets at concerts. My guess is that she would have been in the choir at Falmouth Grammar.

"After her marriage she performed with several choirs and choral societies in Kent, and when she had to move to Billericay at the age of 98, she immediately joined the community choir there.

"She also loved flowers and gardening. At Falmouth Grammar one of her best subjects was botany and for many years she kept her meticulous exercise books containing wonderful specimens of pressed flowers. Although I remember them they were sadly lost in the flood in Hildenborough.

"It is very sad when one loses such a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, auntie or friend, but there is no doubt that she had an incredibly interesting and exciting life.”

The great-grandmother of five, was born in Cornwall and after leaving school at the age of 17 she had dreams of becoming a teacher. Sadly, a previous bout of glandular fever meant she wasn't accepted into teacher training so she went to work at the Post Office until 1938 when she married Alec Hayward, who has been described as "her only love."

Her funeral is to be held on Thursday, August 25, at 3.30pm at Chelmsford Cemetery and Crematorium. The family request no flowers but would welcome donations to the Stroke Association at stroke.org.uk/donate.