Shirebrook woman’s 107th birthday fills family with pride

Kate Gee is celebrating her 107th birthday at New Bassett House.
Kate Gee is celebrating her 107th birthday at New Bassett House.

A super-gran has celebrated her 107th birthday with proud relatives who are now wondering if she could be the oldest woman in the county.

Kate Gee, of New Bassett House Care Home, on Park Avenue, Shirebrook, enjoyed her special day on Sunday, January 4, much to the delight of granddaughters Angela Aldred, 54, and Karan Ward, 53, and great grandson Gavin Holland, 33.

Angela said: “We’re so very proud. She has always been such a devoted grandmother and now she has reached 107-years-old we would love to be able to find out if she is the oldest person in the county.”

Widow Kate was born in Doe Lea, near Chesterfield, and married Ernest Gee. She worked in service in Hasland and later worked as a dinner lady at the Anthony Bek Primary School, at New Houghton.

Kate had a son Douglas and a grandson Andrew but sadly they have both passed away.

Angela added: “She has always been a devoted Methodist and her faith has helped her get through life’s tribulations. She used to love reading the bible and still enjoys listening to passages when the care staff read to her.”

Kate also received her fourth birthday card from the Queen after clocking up 107 years.

Angela added: “She is such a wonderful loving and gentle person.”

Kate may also have another claim to the record books because her sister Gladys, of Shrewsbury, is 103-years-old which puts them among the oldest siblings in the country.