Celebrating her 102nd birthday recently was special birthday girl Charlotte Johnston, from Enniskillen.

The remarkable woman enjoyed marking the occasion at a birthday party on Thursday, November 23, at the Graan Abbey Nursing Home in Enniskillen, where she resides. Among those who joined her on the celebratory day was her son, William James Johnston, and her niece Wilma. 

A lot of visitors called with Charlotte in the run up to her birthday, which once again proved a joyous event.

Born in Corkhill, Kilskeery, she was educated at Kilskeery School and was a member of Kilskeery Church of Ireland.

Speaking at the time of her 100th birthday, Charlotte remembered that she was “a delicate child” and she stayed at home with her parents until she got married.

A daughter of the former Wilhelmina Campbell of Kilgartnaleague and William Edward Thompson from Kilskeery, she was one in a family of seven sons and five daughters, and she recollected having “a very happy childhood.”

She married William Johnston, whom she went to school with, and they made their home in Enniskillen. Her husband passed away before their son William James Johnston, who was called after his father, was born.

Past employment included time spent working in Frank Thornton’s shop beside Wellworth’s. After retiring from there, she continued to live in Enniskillen. 

She felt at the time of her 100th birthday celebrations that her mother would have been delighted to see her reach 100 because she was a delicate child. “I think she would be so proud that I have lived so long,” said Charlotte.

The birthday article two years ago also recorded that she was thankful to the Lord for her long life and she acknowledged “my faith has kept me going.”

With a party being held in her honour at the Graan Abbey Nursing Home on her 102nd birthday, amongst her treats was a birthday cake, which was shared among her fellow residents.

A representative from the Nursing Home said afterwards that Charlotte, a very independent lady, enjoyed her birthday, and she described the 102 year old as being in good health and good form.