A woman born on Armistice Day and given a name to reflect her parents’ hope for future peace, has died, aged 104, at The Hermitage care home at Whittlesey.
A brief announcement from the Hermitage said that Constance ‘Connie’ Peace “passed away peacefully after 11 years with us.
“We will miss you and share the happy memories we have had with you over the years.”
Connie was born on the day when the peace truce was signed to mark the end of World War one.
The doctor who delivered Connie suggested she should be called Joy or Peace.
Her parents agreed and decided on Constance Peace in the hope that their little girl would enjoy her life in constant peace.
She had once offered the secret of a long life.
“Working outdoors and a very happy marriage,” she said
Connie was born to Jessie and John Bothamley in Peterborough; her father was a cattle dealer in Peterborough, whilst Connie’s mother stayed home to look after the family.
Her father died when Connie was seven when her mother was expecting their last baby. Her mother then raised the five children on her own.
Her mother continued to live in Whittlesey until she died at the age of 85.
Connie married her husband Thomas in the 1940s and they had a daughter Barbara. Connie and her husband continued Thomas’s family business of celery growing in Whittlesey until Thomas retired.
They then grew vegetables and supplied locals in the area. Connie has a grandson Mark and two great grandchildren Liam and Jade.
Connie’s husband Tom and daughter Barbara died around some years ago and Connie moved to The Hermitage.
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