Whitnash care home resident celebrates 104th birthday

Minnie Davidson with family members and Whitnash Mayor Cllr Robert Margave on her 104th birthday.
Minnie Davidson with family members and Whitnash Mayor Cllr Robert Margave on her 104th birthday.

There was barely enough space to fit all the candles on a Whitnash woman’s birthday cake when she celebrated the occasion last week.

Minnie Davidson, who is currently staying at the Lawns Care Home while Park View in Warwick is refurbished, turned 104 last Wednesday.

Members of her family gathered to celebrate with cake, cards and balloons.

She was visited by Whitnash mayor Cllr Robert Margave who wished her a happy birthday on behalf of the town’s residents.

Born along with her twin brother on February 25 1911, Minnie attended Chatham Grammar School in Kent where she was keen athlete, enjoying running and high jump.

Her hobbies included tapestry, gardening and dancing - which she would go on to win prizes for.

Leaving school at 15, Minnie worked in the insurance department for the Co-op in Gillingham and later the general office.

Good with ledgers and figures, Minnie took a job at the Co-op’s bank.

She met Rundle at a dance in Chatham in 1933 and they married on April 11 1936 in Rochester followed by a honeymoon to Bournemouth.

Minnie and her husband moved to Belfast in 1947 where he went to work on developing sea planes and then to Leamington where he joined Flavels.

Eventually they were able to buy a brand new house in Radford Semele and later moved to Warwick in 1968.

Minnie’s final job was at the Chantry Post Office on the Percy Estate in Warwick.

After Rundle passed away Minnie moved into Park View residential care home and is now staying at The Lawns home for older people while Park View is being refurbished.

Minnie has a son, Peter, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.