While many reach milestone birthdays, for Nellie Perry, it’s even more memorable as she approaches her 103rd birthday.
She was born on December 6, 1919 in Puslinch Township to Dan and Annie Quinnell, one of three children with a sister and brother. Her father Dan was a veteran of the British Army and served in India during the ‘upheaval’ and then in South Africa during the Boer War.
In 2019, the entire family gathered in Puslinch Township to celebrate her 100th birthday.
In the late 1940s, as a young woman, she came to Southampton where her parents had cottages on Turner Street. A family home was built in the early 1970s and where she and husband Stan moved to permanently in the mid-1970s.
Nellie became a ‘star’ lawn bowler and won many club championships. Each year, the Nellie Perry tournament is held in her honour. In addition to lawn bowling, she was also an exceptional card player and member of the Chantry Centre Seniors +55 where she celebrated her 100th birthday.
She travelled extensively to Paris, a Mediterranean Cruise, an Hawaiian Island Cruise and an Alaskan Cruise with daughter Gail (Streeter).
Her daughter Joan Morrison still lives in Southampton and it was only three years ago, that she moved to live with her son in Ariss (Guelph). Today, she has four children, 10 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by two daughters, Gail and Hellen, and widowed in 1990.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY NELLIE!