She was also a manager for dry cleaning companies.
She married and raised her family with her husband and has her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who all visit often, with one of her grandchildren an essential caregiver.
Impressively, Gwen only gave up driving at the age of 98. She rode around in a bright blue mini van, but only stuck to roads she knew well and didn't use the motorway.
She now enjoys tapestry and sewing and often teaches the other residents.
What's her secret to eternal youth?
"The key to good health is to be young at heart and be thankful everyday for what you have."