100th birthday joy for fiercely independent Welwyn Garden City woman

PUBLISHED: 10:26 11 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:29 11 August 2017

Louise Jenson now.

Louise Jenson now.

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A Welwyn Garden City woman is celebrating her 100th birthday today and believes the fact she didn’t learn to drive has helped her live for a century.

Louise Jenson with her late husband.Louise Jenson with her late husband.

Louise Jenson is celebrating her birthday with family, friends, carers, and the mayor by her side.

Louise moved to Welwyn Garden City at the age of 90 to be closer to her granddaughter and quickly fell in love with the town.

The grandmother continues to live independently at Hollier Court, with the support of the main warden Patricia, fellow residents and her carers, Rehana and Kim.

Her five great grandchildren Keira, Oliver, Charlie, Mia and Jack and her two grandchildren Katrina Neal and Paul Beale will also be attending the party today.

She married at the age of 21 in 1939 to Leslie Jenson and they had one child, Rita Jenson.

Although sadly she lost her husband and daughter to Parkinson’s and cancer which encouraged her recently to add her DNA to the 23andMe data set with her granddaughter in the hope that it will help provide new insights and treatments into diseases like cancer.

Even after the death of her husband in 2000 and her daughter in 2002 when she was only 56 years old, she continued living in South London, fiercely independent and determined to live on her own even as her sight deteriorated.

Louise loves the gardens in her new home and enjoys taking walks in the summer hours.

She attributes her good health to never learning to drive and walking everywhere and taking vitamin B every day for the last 30 years.

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