Great-great-great-grandmother who has 92 grandchildren turns 100
We are family! Great-great-great-grandmother with 92 grandchildren celebrates her 100th birthday with SIX generations of her relatives
- Rose Sharp, from Kent, turned 100 surrounded by her thriving family
- The great-great-great-grandmother has eight children and 92 grandchildren
- There are 98 years between Rose and her youngest descendant Amelia, two
Meet the family spanning six generations of females – with the great-great-great grandma celebrating her 100th birthday.
With 98 years between Rose Sharp and her great-great-great granddaughter, Amelia – the family from Kent, were thrilled to be able to mark the milestone birthday all together during a family reunion on Sunday.
The 100-year-old mother of eight, is head of a huge family – and has a whopping 92 grandchildren including her great-great-great descendants.
Great-granddaughter Joanne Pendrigh says Rose is a really strong woman and having been widowed for more than 40 years is fiercely independent.
Pictured: Rose Sharp, centre with a leopard print shirt, who turned 100 at the weekend, surrounded by her family, who spans six generations of women
Rose, pictured in her twenties, left, now has 92 grandchildren. She married her late husband William, pictured right, when she was 18
Joanne, 43, said: ‘My great gran Rose is an amazing woman. She is right at the top of our family tree and she is a really strong role model for us all. A true matriarch – who loves to play bingo.
‘She is as sharp as they come, she has seen it all, done it all and takes it all in her stride.’
Joanne, who part owns her own hair salon thinks it’s wonderful that Rose has lived to see six generations of females born after her and says Rose is very proud of her long line of family members.
She added: ‘We are a really big family, someone is always having a baby. Rose has 92 grandchildren – including great and great-great grandchildren.
Joan pictured in 2019 with her great-great-great granddaugther Amelia, who is now two, and is the sixth generation of Rose’s family
Rose’s family during her 95th birthday in 2016. Carol’s eldest daughter Carol is 77 and had five children
‘Rose loves kids, they are all spoilt rotten.’
Rose married her late husband, William, aged 19 after friends introduced them and they were married for 35 years until William died aged just 56.
She worked in a munitions factory during WW2 and the couple had eight children, six boys and two girls, including their daughter Carol Jasper, 77.
Carol, a former admin worker, has five children, including daughter Sarah Sharp. Sarah, 60, a housewife, has seven children including Joanne.
Birthday girl Carol received a telegram from the Queen, pictured, for her 100th birthday on Sunday
Rose with her daughter, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, great-great-granddaughter and Amelia, her great-great-great granddaughter at a wedding in 2019
Joanne, has two children, Sophie Taylor 23 and Danny Taylor 25, and Joanne’s granddaughter, Amelia Taylor, two, is the sixth generation female.
‘It does get confusing with so many of us.’ laughed Joanne.
‘I have tried to find other families with six living generations but I think we are quite rare.’
Rose was the 4th child born of seven, and had two sisters and four brothers – but she has outlived them all.
The family had a garden party to celebrate Rose’s birthday and were excited to reunite after lockdown.
Joanne added: ‘Rose loved receiving her telegram from the Queen and the family bought her flowers and gifts.
The centenarian next to a 100 sign and with her telegram from the Queen during her birthday on Sunday
Rose during her birthday. Pictured left to right: her great-great-great granddaughter Amelia, her great granddaughter Joanne, her daughter Carol, Rose, granddaughter Sarah and great-great-granddaughter Sophie
‘But her most precious gift is to be able to finally spend quality time together again as a family and for Rose to spend time with her gran children again. She said they have all grown so quickly over the last year.
‘During lockdown we tried to keep in touch as much as possible but with Rose’s age we couldn’t visit so it will be great for us to spend some time with her again.
‘Rose didn’t manage Facetime during lockdown but she does have a mobile which I think is very impressive for someone who is 100.
Rose, pictured in her twenties, left, was married to William, right, for 35 years. He died aged 56
Rose pictured in 2019. The centenarian said the secret to a long and happy life was to have lots of children
‘We are a close knit family and we try to get together as often as possible and we want to celebrate her life.
‘It’s amazing that from one woman so many families and lives have been created and we all have so much to thank her for.’
Asked the secret to a long and happy life, Rose simply said: ‘Have lots of children and take care of them. I wouldn’t have it any other way.’
Rose pictured Sunday with female members of her huge family, which counts 92 grandchildren
Pictured, Rose with her daughter Carol (right of Rose, centre) and her five children at Rose’s 95th birthday in 2016
Some members of the large family reunited after lockdown to marl Rose’s milestone this weekend
Rose with Carol, Sarah, Joanne, Sophie, Danny and Amelia making up the different generations of the family
Rose, pictured left with her great-great-great daughter Amelia, who was born 98 years after her, and pictured right with Amelia and her grandmother Joanne, who is Rose’s great-great granddaughter
Rose pictured with Danny, who is her great-great-grandson and his daughter Amelia during Sunday’s celebration
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