THE sun was shining as a care home’s oldest resident celebrated her 105th birthday.
Staff, friends and family organised a garden party for Eva Batten at Hamilton House Care Home in Drayton Lane, Drayton.
She has been at the care home for four weeks but previously lived on her own in Sandown Road, Cosham.
Her grandson Dale Batten, 49, from Stubbington said: ‘She was always hard working and that’s what kept her going and being able to live in her own home.
‘I’m glad that I could be here to see her smile on her birthday.’
Eva was born in Gosport, in 1910, and had four brothers.
Her daughter Jean May Quinton, 76, from Tipner said: ‘When Eva’s mum passed away she bought up her brothers alongside her dad – she says that’s why she now prefers talking to men.’
After meeting her husband Stanley Martin she went to work at The Canada clothing factory before becoming a stay-at-home mum after having her three children – Jean, David and John.
Over the years Eva enjoyed going Wymering Methodist Church in Sixth Avenue which is where she met her friend Beryl Feben.
Beryl, 70, from Paulsgrove said: ‘She used to love going to church right up until she moved into Hamilton House.
‘Somebody from the church used to take her then bring her back to her house.’
Eva loved going to church so much that when she was younger her mum once said to her that she should take her bed there.
‘She also loved seeing all the children being around them and received cards from some of them wishing her a happy birthday,’ said Beryl.
During her time at the church Eva also found a passion for singing and during her younger years, pictured inset, she joined the Salvation Army.
Eva’s daughter added: ‘She used to sing twice a week with the Salvation Army at hospitals but she always enjoyed singing at church and still likes to now.’
The golden great-grandmother said that she feels ‘very nice’ about turning 105.
On the day Eva said that she wanted everyone to smile and that she was looking forward to receiving her card from the Queen.
When asked about her secret for living a long life she said: ‘I don’t have one but I have work hard and have good eating habits.’
To help her enjoy her big day Eva’s friend Beryl and Pat bought the birthday girl a dress so that she could feel special.
‘She thought the dress was lovely when she saw it and couldn’t wait to put it on.’