Kathleen celebrates a century

Kathleen Harper with her family on her 100th birthday.

Kathleen Harper with her family on her 100th birthday. - Credit: Archant

FAMILY members surrounded a great-grandmother as she marked her 100th birthday.

Kathleen Harper reached the milestone on January 8 and a celebration was held at Mount Elton Nursing Home in Clevedon, where she has lived for the past four years.

Kathleen was born in Stoke Bishop as the only child to Virtue and Harold Clark. When she was four, her father was killed in World War One, which meant she and her mother experienced a hard few years without the main breadwinner.

Kathleen attended Stoke Bishop School and later Clarks College before joining Van Dyke Printers in Park Row as a secretary.

She married her childhood sweetheart, Cyril Harper, in 1936.


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They lived in Bristol prior to moving to Crockerne Drive in Pill where they spent many happy years.

Kathleen has a son Paul, aged 72, and a daughter Ruth, aged 67, as well as three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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