Tributes to aunt, 108 - who put long life down to radish
TRIBUTES have been paid following the death of a 108 year-old woman, who attributed her long life to eating radishes and spring onions.
Phyllis Mogford would have been 109 next month, but passed away two weeks ago at Pencaerau Nursing Home, Old Road, Neath, where she had lived for the past six years.
Her family have spoken of an aunt with a great sense of humour, who knew her own mind.
Niece, Jeanette Williams, said the family believed she was one of the oldest people in the county.
Ms Mogford was born in 1904 on School Road, Melin, and attended Herbert Road School.
As a young woman, she excelled at sport, including Tennis and Cricket, while also playing Hockey for South Wales.
"She always said, that if war hadn't broken out, she would have played for Wales," said Mrs Williams.
"She always said it was the fault of the Germans that she didn't."
After the death of her father, Ms Mogford and sister May took over the running of Mogford's Grocer's, and ran the business for 22 years.
They would deliver to customers and on one occasion turned a back room into an ice cream parlour.
The pair then moved across the road, before they went to live in the nursing home together.
Ms Mogford was a staunch member of St Catherine's Church, where her funeral was held and also a member of Neath Camera Club for a number of years.
"She was teetotal, she never had a drink or smoked," added Ms Williams. "She never married or had children either."
Nephew, Graham Harvey, said: "She was very fond of spring onion and radishes — she put down her long life to that."
Ms Mogford was one of five siblings, and daughter to George and Polly. Polly had been a seamstress and piano player for Madam Adelina Patti, while her father was the chief engineer of the Galv (Neath Sheet and Galvanising Co Ltd in Melincryddan).
Mrs Williams and Mr Harvey thanked the staff at Pencaerau Nursing Home for their exceptional care of their aunt, who was still walking with a stick just a month before her death.
"We want to thank Christina and the staff for giving her such amazing care," said Mrs Williams.
Ms Mogford's death certificate stated simply that she had died of old age.