Artistic Lutterworth woman is an 'inspiration' at 100 - The Rugby Observer

Artistic Lutterworth woman is an 'inspiration' at 100

Rugby Editorial 2nd Mar, 2021   0

AN ARTISTIC Lutterworth woman has celebrated her 100th birthday with the help of friends, family and caregivers.

Eileen Payne, who has two children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, was born in Hinckley in 1921, where she lived in her childhood home.

As a young woman, Eileen worked in the drawing office serving for the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service, the women’s branch of the British Army during the Second World War.

After the war, Eileen moved to Burbage, where she enjoyed a career working in her father’s surveyor’s office. Her father was the town surveyor for Hinckley, and designed a popular local park.

Her love of children inspired her to make a career change and begin teaching at Burbage Junior School. Her maternal instinct saw her continuing to work with children later in life as a nanny.

Now living in her Lutterworth home with the help of caregivers from Home Instead Rugby, Eileen still indulges her creative flair. She loves to spend her time painting watercolours and oil landscapes, having sold some of her pieces professionally. She is also been a keen potter, who had her own kiln at one point.

Sarah Slater, owner of Home Instead Rugby, said: “Eileen is an inspiration; she is very independent, has a wonderful outlook on life and is so very grateful for her long life. I am delighted we can continue to support Eileen in the same community she has known for so many years.

“It was so special to be able to gift Eileen on her 100th birthday with flowers and a card. We were delighted to help mark this momentous occasion for a lovely lady.”

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