Elsie celebrates her 100th and regales her happy memories

Elsie May Keightley (nee Piercy).
Elsie May Keightley (nee Piercy).

Elsie May Keightley (nee Piercy) celebrated her 100th birthday last week at Fotherby House Care Home, surrounded by family and friends.

She was born on August 6, 1914, in Sculcoates, Hull, just two days after the First World War was declared.

Elsie was the oldest of four and life became a little tough for the Pierct family during the 1920s’ depression, so Elsie went to live with her grandma and grandad in Cleethorpes from the age of 10.

Here she completed her schooling and started work in domestic service and made many friends including Arthur Keightley, who later became her fiancé.

They were married in September 1937.

By the outbreak of the Second World War, Arthur was in shipbuilding and repair work. They made lifelong friends with a Naval officer and his wife.

Elsie worked in the family business at the Birds Nest Café in Cleethorpes, where anti-aircraft battery soliders came for mugs of tea and food.

Elsie’s main loves were movies, painting and tending to her garden. In November 1941, she gave birth to her only child John. The family moved from Cleethorpes to North Somercotes in 1983 and went to live with their son and his wife Jenny and their son Darren.

Arthur died in 1984 and Elsie moved into Fotherby Care Home in 2009, where she is now celebrating her big milestone birthday.

Nothing was ever too much trouble for Elsie and she was always ready to help anyone out.

Her generosity to her family, friends and the community was always available, and greatly appreciated.