Uplifting and positive

PUBLISHED: 14:53 22 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:10 10 June 2010

A BUDLEIGH Salterton great-grandmother-of-six has celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends. Mother-of-two Evelyn Henderson, of Moor Lane, celebrated her milestone special day with a party in Exmouth. Chris Neal, of Abbeyfield UK, sai

A BUDLEIGH Salterton great-grandmother-of-six has celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends.Mother-of-two Evelyn Henderson, of Moor Lane, celebrated her milestone special day with a party in Exmouth.Chris Neal, of Abbeyfield UK, said the guests had wished Evelyn many more happy years and birthday celebrations to come."Evelyn was thanked for being the best mother and nana that anyone could possibly have, for her constant level of caring and generosity, for her constant source of inspiration and encouragement, for her positive and uplifting nature and for the support she has given through the generations." Evelyn was born in Ashington, Northumberland, on May 26, 1908. She was the second of four children born to Leonard Potts and his wife Ellenore. Evelyn's brothers, Charlie and Arthur, are now deceased but her sister, Rene, lives in Haltwhistle. Evelyn married her husband, Robert William (Robbie) Henderson, in Haltwhistle in 1933. Robbie died at an early age in 1961.The couple had two children, Eileen and Joe. Eileen, who died in May 2007, moved down to the south of England with her family, ending up in Exmouth.Joe moved to Sydney, Australia, in 1979 and continues to live there with his family.Evelyn lived most of her life in the Northumberland villages of Haltwhistle and Hexham. In 1986 she moved to Wellington to live with Eileen and her family before moving into sheltered accommodation in 1998.In January this year, Evelyn moved to Budleigh Salterton.After husband Robbie died, Evelyn devoted her life to helping her children and their families. She has six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren living in England, Holland and Australia.She has made regular trips to see her son in Australia - the most recent visit was just prior to her 96th birthday.

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