Covid survivor Freda marks her 100th birthday

A PRESTWICH woman who survived coronavirus when she was 98 will mark her 100th birthday today.

Freda Yoffey caught Covid when she was in hospital, where she was receiving treatment after a fall.

But now the spirited centenarian will celebrate her big day with a party for family and friends on Sunday.

“Mum is a very vibrant, interesting and entertaining person,” daughter Angela Epstein told the Jewish Telegraph.

“She has all her faculties and is still busy, with family and friends popping in to see her.”

Freda was raised in Higher Broughton, one of six children born to Celia and Louis Suppree.

After leaving school she worked in a fashion shop.

Freda met Sydney Yoffey as he worked in a butcher’s shop close to her home.

They married at the Higher Broughton Synagogue in 1943 and had two children, David and Angela.

During the Second World War, Freda worked as progress chaser for Salford Electric.

They helped to source mechanical and electrical parts for the Allies during the war.

Freda went on to work at Yoffey’s, her husband’s butcher shop that opened in Bury Old Road, Prestwich, in 1955, and also ran a cafe in Great Clowes Street, Salford.

Sydney died in 1999.

She has five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, as well as a younger sister, Phyllis Mendelsohn.

A Higher Prestwich Hebrew Congregation member, Freda was also involved with charity work, as a member of the Jewish ladies’ committee, The 3Cs, and for The Fed.

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