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Parbold's oldest gran celebrates 105th birthday

Inspirational centenarian receives second card from the Queen

Euphemia Dorothy Winifried Goodger when she was 20-years-old with her husband John Goodger before their children were born. Picture was taken in India

A great-great grandmother received her second letter from the Queen when she turned 105 on Thursday, July 3.

Mims was named Euphemia Dorothy Winifried Goodger but disliked the name and chose to call herself Mims, short for Mimkins and is possibly the oldest resident in Parbold.

She has five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Mims’ grandson, Jeremy Clegg said: “This year we are just having a quite celebration spread over a few days so that all her family get a chance to see her.

“She has always been very independent and stays very active. She loves line dancing and it is only recently that she has had to stop joining in but she still goes along and watches.

“Everyone knows my grandmother, she is very well known and well loved in the village.”

Euphemia Dorothy Winifried Goodger, also known as Mims, meeting the previous mayor of West Lancashire, Cllr Iain Ashcroft on her 104th birthday last year.

Mims has been asked to open the Parbold Festival on Saturday, July 12, which is something she is very much looking forward to.

Jeremy added: “There will be quite a few of her family there to see her, it is going to be wonderful.”

Mims’ father was a mining engineer and her mother ran a popular guest house called Singhani.

Mims was an only child but had a pet cockerel called Pecker that followed her everywhere.

She married John Goodger, a manager of a coal mine 13 years her senior and continued to live in India.

The couple had three children between 1930 and 1937 and lived in a large bungalow surrounded by an enclosed compound near to Asansol, which is about 100 miles north west of Calcutta.

The family returned to England in 1946 as tensions in India began to rise.

Euphemia Dorothy Winifried Goodger taken about 1936 in Calcutta and shows her circa 27-years-old, together with her daughter Joan circa siz-years-old and her eldest son Michael, circa three-years-old. Her youngest son Peter was not born.

After a short spell in Darlington the Goodger’s moved to Parbold and John and his business partners bought a mine near Lees Lane, where they sold coal to the coal board.

John sadly passed away in 1975 but Mims has kept active ever since, only coming to live in the nursing home in February of this year.

Her son Michael Goodger, 80, said: “My mother is a wonderful person, she is so sharp for her age, her mind is very active and she doesn’t suffer fools. She’s an inspiration.”

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