LIFE is what you make it – according to Alice Moulsdale.
And at 104, she’s made quite a lot of it.
Last week, with some of her seven children, 17 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren, Alice became the oldest resident at the Ashleigh Court care home in Gresford.
“I have never been lazy and God has been good to me,” said Alice, who was born in the Old Smithy Yard cottages in Llay, just a few months before Emmeline Pankhurst led her first suffragette protest at Westminster.
At 15, Alice left home to work in service at the home of a banker in Wallasey and moved with the family to Anglesey, where she met future husband, Bob, who was the family’s chauffeur.
They married in 1925 and took up employment with George Merrick, a Baronet, and moved to the south of England.
They eventually moved back to Llay, where they both worked in the local colliery offices until Alice started to have her family.
She devoted a lot of time to helping others through her church work, the Mothers’ Union and the Royal British Legion.
Wrexham mayor Cllr David Griffiths joined in the celebrations.
Home manager Sarah Morris said: “It’s not everyday you celebrate your 104th birthday, so we wanted to organise a special party for Alice.
“She’s just incredible for her age, I simply can’t believe she is 104.”
Even at the age of 83, Alice was making trips abroad with a visit to the Holy Land.
Alice now enjoys reading and dominoes and her Mothers’ Union prayer books.
She says it is important to make the most of life because it is so precious and to smile through it.
“Life is what you make it,” she said.