Scillonian Woman Celebrates 104th Birthday

Sylvia Phillips with her granddaughter Sylvia Trundle

Sylvia Phillips with her granddaughter Sylvia Trundle

A Scillonian woman has celebrated her 104th birthday.

Sylvia Phillips now lives in a nursing home in Ohio in the USA and two days of parties were held to mark her special birthday.

Sylvia grew up on the islands and lived in Scilly until she was 8 years old.

Her dad was Arthur Ellis, a stonemason who helped build the Bishop Rock lighthouse.

Sylvia’s mum was Ellen Phillips and the family emigrated to America when she was a young woman.

Sylvia was one of the first female school bus drivers in the state of Ohio, driving a full size bus for many years.

Until recently she still drove a car and she had her licence renewed until her 104th birthday.

Sylvia’s family says that her sight and hearing is deteriorating now, but she walks continuously with her walker, goes to church on Sundays and attends the bowling league her friends play in on Tuesdays.

Her daughter Kay Hones says her mum is proud of her island roots. She still has family in Scilly and has returned on many occasions, the last time being 11 years ago.

3 Responses to Scillonian Woman Celebrates 104th Birthday

  1. Tim Jones April 7, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Our parents – Mervyn and Shirley (Phillips) – are so pleased to see you looking so well and have been regaling the whole extended family with their/your shared history. May all your celebrations be long ones!

  2. Ted Phillips April 5, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Thanks so much for posting this and acknowledging a wonderful lady in her home area of which she speaks so fondly. For the record if anyone does the math I believe it was her grandfather who helped build the lighthouse, her father did carry on the trade. (And her daughter is actually Kay Hine).

  3. kaybee13Kay Banfield April 5, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Happy Birthday cousin Sylvia from us and all your family in Scilly. Lovely to see you looking so well x