Corby woman believed to be county’s oldest resident dies aged 108

Mabel celebrating her 108th birthday
Mabel celebrating her 108th birthday

A Corby woman who is believed to be the county’s oldest resident has died at the age of 108.

Mabel Alice Wadsworth was born on August 16, 1908, and was believed to be the oldest person living in Northamptonshire, but sadly she died on March 27.

Mabel celebrating her 108th birthday at Sandalwood Court

Mabel celebrating her 108th birthday at Sandalwood Court

Born in Kettering in 1908, Mabel left school at 14 and went to work in a corset factory where her first weekly wage was just eight shillings.

She met her husband Ronald and the couple married and later went to live in Gretton, moving to Corby 60 years ago.

Mabel only moved to Sandalwood Court after living in her own home up until the age of 106.

Son Graham said: “Sandalwood Court were absolutely brilliant with my mum, they looked after her brilliantly.

Mabel on her 107th birthday

Mabel on her 107th birthday

“It is always clean and everything you would want for your mum.

“She had only been there for a couple of years but it was as if she had been there 20 years.

“My mum loved it there.

“There’s something going on each day, it’s not just sitting there playing bingo.”

Mabel on her 106th birthday

Mabel on her 106th birthday

Mabel had seven children, 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

According to the Oldest In Britain website, which compiles a list of the UK’s oldest residents, Mabel was the oldest person living in Northamptonshire and the 50th oldest person in the UK.

The oldest living person in the UK currently is Bessie Camm from Rotherham, who is 112.

So what was Mabel’s secret to a long, happy and healthy life?

Graham said: “One of the reasons is she had a very slow heart beat and I think she didn’t have any stress, she had seven kids to do that for her.

“She had a life that she wanted.

“She was a housewife, but she brought the seven kids up and she had a different life.”

All who knew Mabel are welcome to attend her funeral, which is taking place at 1pm on April 11 at Kettering Crematorium in Rothwell Road.

The family has said any donations in memory of Mabel will go to an autism charity as one of the family has a child with the condition.