THE daughter of a Bargoed woman who celebrated her 102nd birthday on Monday puts her longevity down to her belief in God and her long career.
Nancy Evans, born Nancy Haile on April 28, 1912, near Pontlottyn, moved to Bargoed 71 years ago.
Until nine months ago, Ms Evans managed on her own but after breaking her leg in an accident, she is now dependent on carers from Extra Care service coming to visit her at home.
One of six children, she married Tom Evans at the age of 20 and had four children – Len, Carol, Linda and Yvonne.
As a teenager during the war, she worked in a munitions factory. She went on to have various jobs, includingbeing landlady at The Troedrhiwfuwch Inn and at Club Lennox in Bargoed where she worked until retiring at the age of 75.
Her youngest daughter, 63-year-old Yvonne Mclean, said: “She is very, very alert my mother. The carers are marvellous and they laugh and joke with mum – they have become like family.
“She has worked so hard all her life and believes in God so much, and never goes to sleep without saying her prayers. But I’ve told her that He’s not ready for her yet.”