BIRTHDAY celebrations were in full swing in Lisnaskea on Friday afternoon as Drumhaw Fold’s oldest resident celebrated her 100th birthday.
Born on December 2nd 1916, Sarah Fee was surrounded by family and friends as she celebrated a century of life. It was a red letter day for Sarah who received many ‘best wishes’ cards, including one from Queen Elizabeth and numerous visitors throughout the day, among them the First Minister Arlene Foster and Lord Erne.
Having moved to Drumhaw in July 2013, the Lisnaskea native spent all of her working life in England and decided to return home permanently after a brief stay in the fold.
“I had been in hospital in England and my niece took me back home to Lisnaskea for a holiday. She told me that there were two vacancies at Drumhaw and when she took me around to see it I knew it was the place for me.”
Sarah was educated at the local primary school in Lisnaskea and later at Enniskillen Convent.
“After I left school there was no work for women locally except nursing or teaching and I didn’t fancy either of those two options. I decided to do a commercial course up in Belfast and after that I got a job in London with two friends,” she said.
After retiring at the age of 60, she decided that it was time to see the world and has travelled all over Europe and visited both Africa and Canada.
Revealing her secret to longevity, Sarah says her long life has been thanks largely to a healthy diet. “I always cooked my own meals from scratch and never ate pizza or any of those convenience foods,” she explained.
Mandy Graham, scheme coordinator at Drumhaw, added: “Sarah is a wonderful lady and this morning at 9am on her 100th birthday, she was downstairs doing her laundry – what a marvellous lady!”
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