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.



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