FRIENDS and family of Phyllis Rogers, of North End, gathered to throw her a 90th birthday party.
It was a Ritz-style afternoon tea at the Queens Hotel in Southsea.
Mrs Rogers was born in Rowlands Castle in 1924 and grew up in Portsea. She was married twice and had four children, caring for them as well as her parents in their old age.
When her youngest child was seven years old, she became a foster parent for five years, helping give other children a good start in life.
She then took up nursing, and qualified when she was 49, which was the upper age limit at the time. She worked at the now-closed Royal Hospital in Portsmouth and Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.
Daughter, Christine James, 67, who lives in Spain, said her mother had always been caring and full of life. She said: ‘I’ve always hated being told that I look like your mother, I think all girls do. But if I have mum’s age genes I’ll be happy.’
Mrs Rogers said: ‘I’ve had a good life, so far. I just take things as they come and make the best of it.’