"She is always smiling" Dartford woman celebrates 100th birthday
PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:00 11 January 2016
Kathleen Wilson turned 100 on Friday
A 100 year-old woman celebrated her centenary over the weekend among family and friends.
Kathleen Wilson first moved to Dartford in 1952 after immigrating from near Calcutta, India following the loss of her husband.
Mrs Wilson arrived in the country with her family and has lived in Dartford ever since.
A celebratory mass was held at St Anselm’s Catholic Church in West Hill, Dartford with a party afterwards.
Mrs Wilson’s daughter, Iona Lodge, who lives with her mother in Cedar Road, spoke of the day.
She said: “It went really well, around 65 people came, including family and friends from London and Colchester, and we had a lovely time.
“She was a bit overwhelmed, she didn’t know what it was until she realised it was all for her.”
After arriving in Dartford in August 1952 with her mother and two children, Mrs Wilson began working as a secretary in London, whilst simultaneously bringing up her son and daughter.
Three generations of Mrs Wilson’s family came along to celebrate on Saturday, with her daughter and granddaughter both attending.
Speaking of her mother, Ms Lodge said: “She’s just a wonderful mother, a happy person all of the time, everybody says she is always smiling.”