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Toast for Grandma’s 102nd birthday

Great grandmother May Parry has just celebrated her 102nd birthday and her extraordinary life story is being told.

May’s first husband, Thomas, died in 1949 when he was aged just 39. Sadly he died just a few days after their daughter Jennifer’s first birthday.

May then married Thomas’ younger brother Fred and enjoyed 20 happy years of marriage until Fred passed away in 1969 from a sudden heart attack. Fred died just weeks before he was going to walk Jennifer up the aisle on her wedding day.

Jennifer, who is now 64 and lives in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, said: “I never knew my father Thomas, but my mum talked about him all the time. She loved him very much and always says to me how I am like him and have similar mannerisms.

“She had two happy marriages but very sadly had both husbands taken from her at very young ages – she never made a silver wedding anniversary.

“Fred was my stepfather but also my uncle. He never legally adopted me and I always remained Thomas’s daughter but he was every bit of a dad to me.

“I could not have had a better dad than Fred. He was wonderful and I was devastated when he died just before my wedding, he was so thrilled to be walking me up the aisle.”

May was born on 6th May 1910 in Govan, Scotland and was one of 10 siblings.

She moved to Manchester with her family when she was four and met Thomas at a dance. They married in 1936.

Thomas served in the Gambia during the Second World War but returned from the war with severe chest problems and died on 8th January 1949.

Jennifer said: “She had been caring for him and a baby and when he died it must have been devastating for her. At age 38 she was left with a one-year-old.”

“She has always been a strong woman despite losing two husbands. She was a hard working lady and very positive.”

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