MAISIE Reynolds was not expected to see last Christmas but she is up and about, even playing quoits – and yesterday she celebrated her 104th birthday.
Maisie lived next door to her daughter Doreen Wring, in Clanville Grange, Minehead, until she had a fall shortly before turning 101 on February 8, 2014.
Since then, she has been living in the Westerley Christian Care Home, in Minehead: “It is a joy to witness the love and care she receives there,” said Doreen.
“Having been under end-of-life care for almost six weeks, and not expecting her to see Christmas let alone her 104th birthday, we have all be staggered by the way she has rallied.
“She is back in the lounge. It was amazing to see her playing quoits – not just throwing the rings but carefully aiming them.
“Maisie is of that generation that had to fight for everything, and she will fight to the end.”
Maisie would not even let a life-long injury that rendered her arm useless hold her back: “She worked hard all her life and was an accomplished needlewoman, did beautiful tailoring, knitting and crocheting.”
Maisie also helped her late husband in his role as lay preacher in charge of the Missions to Seamen in Avonmouth.
“She hardly ever saw a doctor or taken medication, always believing that the body will heal itself,” said Doreen.
“She’s a remarkable and very special lady.”