Getting on with folk is secret to a long life

ONE of Fermanagh’s oldest residents has celebrated a very special birthday.
Charlotte Johnston, originally from Kilskerry, celebrated her 103rd birthday at the end of November. 
Charlotte, who has one son, has been living in The Graan Abbey Nursing Home for the past five years and she is the oldest parishioner at Rossorry Parish Church. 
So what is her secret to a long and happy life? 
“I haven’t a clue what my secret is,” said Charlotte. 
“There is an awful lot in yourself, if you just have manners and get on with people. I feel quite happy.”
Charlotte celebrated her birthday with the residents and staff in the Graan Abbey Nursing Home, and her son William and his family gathered to help celebrate her big birthday.
 She was also visited by Rector Ian Ellis and Heather to celebrate the big milestone. 
“I had a lovely birthday – Billy came over from England with his children and grandchildren and they stayed for a week. 
They had a party here in The Graan for me and it was all very good.”
Charlotte explains that despite being 103, she still goes out walking, but says she doesn’t watch TV any more.
Charlotte continues saying that she has had her sorrows in life, as her husband Billy died at a young age from a brain tumour, when she was expecting their son. 
Most of Charlotte’s family have sadly died and she reflects saying ‘one by one the seats emptied and I was left.’ 
Charlotte now has two granddaughters, and is a great grandmother.
“It is hard being away from my family but I couldn’t go and live with my son in England because I like it here,” said Charlotte. 
“I also had very god neighbours when I lived at home who still come to visit me. I get on with everyone and I am very happy and content.”

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A remarkable lady, who is a treasured resident at Drumclay Nursing Home, Enniskillen, celebrates her 103rd birthday tomorrow, Thursday.


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