South Croydon care home resident celebrates 100th Birthday

Annette DeBremaeker Celebrates her 100th birthday. Pic: Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution Care Company

Annette DeBremaeker, resident at RMBI Home James Terry Court in South Croydon, celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday, June 2.

In celebration of the day, she was joined by family and other residents at the care home, where she has been since January 2016. Annette also received a card from the Queen to congratulate her on the milestone event.

The centenarian was born in Willesden, North London and grew up in Wembley. She married and had two sons, the eldest of whom is now 72 years old. Annette attended the Willesden School of Art when she was younger and went onto become an artist by trade.  During the war, she was assigned by the government to do secret work. Later, she worked for a film company as a cartoonist and then mastered the art of making flower bouquets from blown glass. She used to enjoy dressmaking, cooking for her family and knitting in her spare time.

When asked if she had any secrets to living a long and health life, Annette said it was all down to only eating organic or natural foods without chemicals or additives.