Cathleen hits a century

Cathleen Summers, pictured in 2011.
Cathleen Summers, pictured in 2011.

When Cathleen Summers was born, King George V was on the throne, Herbert Asquith was Prime Minister and the First World War was just three months old.

Now the mother of four has celebrated her 100th birthday.

A young Cathleen Summers with her brothers Jack, Tommy, Andy and Jimmy.

A young Cathleen Summers with her brothers Jack, Tommy, Andy and Jimmy.

Cathleen was born in Abbeylands, Alnwick, on October 25, 1914 to Mary and Thomas McDermott.

She was the only girl of five children and has outlived brothers Jack, Tommy, Andy and Jimmy.

Cathleen and her family lived at Grosvenor Terrace, Alnwick, until she married George Summers on August 18, 1947, at St Mary’s RC Chapel, Bailiffgate.

She had trained to be a teacher at Endsleigh College, Hull, from 1935-37, later teaching at St John’s RC School in Alnwick.

George worked at the Gazette as an apprentice/linotype operator from 1931-38.

The couple and their four children moved to Sunderland in March, 1957.

George was employed at the Sunderland Echo and Cathleen taught at St Mary’s RC Secondary School then at St Joseph’s RC until she retired in 1970 following a fall. George died in November, 1972.

Sadly son Edmund died in 1997 at the age of 46 and son Gerard died in 2009, aged 60.

Cathleen has two daughters, Sheila and Kathleen and five grandchildren, Stephanie, Luke, Ethan, Alice and Aika.

She is a fervent member of the Catholic Church and has attended St Mary’s in Sunderland for more than 50 years.

Cathleen is still in Sunderland and has lived at St Martha’s Care Home, Thornhill Park, since July, 2009. Staff at St Martha’s held a birthday party for her on Saturday.