Tributes to ex-grocer aunt, 108
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.
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.