Double celebration as two Sheffield care home residents turn 104

Grange Crescent Care Home residents Dora Billard and Nellie Dexter will be celebrating their 104th birthdays in the next few weeks. They are pictured with staff member Paul Ashton.
Grange Crescent Care Home residents Dora Billard and Nellie Dexter will be celebrating their 104th birthdays in the next few weeks. They are pictured with staff member Paul Ashton.

There will be cakes and candles aplenty at a Sheffield care home as two residents celebrate their 104th birthday.

Nellie Dexter, a resident at Grange Crescent care home in Nether Edge, will mark the milestone on Thursday.

And on Tuesday, February 3, it will be the turn of fellow resident Dora Billard to celebrate.

Both great-grandmothers have lived through two world wars, the election of 23 prime ministers and the reign of four monarchs.

Dora was born near Maltby, Rotherham.

As a young woman she moved to Brighton, where she worked as a chambermaid in a hotel.

By the age of 26, she was working as a barmaid in Sheffield and met her husband, George.

The pair lived in Sheffield city centre, before moving to Shiregreen and bringing up their two sons, Barry and George.

Dora got a job working in the Bassett’s factory in Hillsborough, making Liquorice Allsorts.

And for the last 20 years of her career, she joined husband George at Stephenson and Wilson making knives.

She cared for George until he died aged 90, then continued to live independently until the age of 99.

She moved to the home in 2010.

Nellie was born in Sheffield and part of her working life echoes Dora’s.

She also worked in the Bassett’s factory and spent time working in a hotel when she was employed as a cleaner at the former Grand Hotel, in Sheffield city centre.

Nellie was married to Percy and the couple had two children, Marlene and Barry.

She moved into the care home in April 2013.

Vanessa Slack, care home manager, said: “Nellie is blind, but is still walking and is very active. She’s quite up front and will tell you exactly what she thinks.

“Dora gets around with the aid of a wheelchair. She’s a very quiet lady and very shy.

“They are two very different ladies, but both lovely.”