Death of ‘oldest Fylde resident’

Ena Astin, who has died aged 106, on her 105th birthday.
Ena Astin, who has died aged 106, on her 105th birthday.
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A WOMAN believed to be one of the Fylde coast’s oldest residents has died aged 106.

Phoebe Astin, known as Ena, has been described as “much loved” by her family, who say she had been looking forward to celebrating her 107th birthday this coming April.

Paying tribute to her mother, who died on December 27, Mrs Astin’s daughter Joan Williamson, of Thornton, said: “I presume my mum was the oldest resident in the Fylde.

“She was quite with it really up to the end.

“For her age she wasn’t bad at all and it was only in the last two years she started to get frail.

“She was really looking forward to her 107th birthday because she was hoping the Queen would come and meet her, and we were very lucky that we had her so long.

“It was just an illness which sadly finished her.

“She was a much loved mother, grandmother and great grandmother and great, great grandmother.”

Mrs Astin was born near Chester but moved to Oldham to be in service to a wealthy family when she was 15.

She married Alfred, her husband when she was still a teenager and went on to have - four children Dilys, Freda, Arnold and Joan.

Alfred died in 1980 and Mrs Astin moved to the Fylde coast when her daughter Joan returned from South Africa.

Even in her old age Mrs Astin enjoyed exotic, jet-setting visits to the African continent and celebrated both her 80th and 90th birthdays in South Africa with her daughter.

Up to her death she lived at the Newfield Lodge Rest Home on St Andrews Road South, St Annes.

She enjoyed her final birthday there in April, where she received bouquets of flowers from friends and relatives.

Her funeral will take place at Carleton Crematorium on Wednesday at noon.

Was Ena the Fylde coast’s oldest resident? Call Gazette reporter David Sharman on (01253) 361772