EVEN aged 100, Edna Newall is still the backbone of her huge family.
There was no better way, then, for the mother-of-five to celebrate her century than surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Edna, a Sheffielder born-and-bred, toasted her landmark with a bash at Cotleigh care home in Hackenthorpe, Sheffield.
Her children are scattered across the globe, with eldest daughter Mavis in Canada and son Peter in Spain.
Sons Colin, 73, and David, 67, are in Sheffield, and it was David’s wife Joan who organised the party along with Edna’s daughter, Janice, who lives in Cheshire.
Joan said: “Edna is a Sheffielder through and through, a lovely lady. She’s always looked after herself and likes to chat about the old times.”
After being widowed in 1965, Edna’s children remained the focus. On top of bringing up her brood, the hard-working mum held down a job as a receptionist at Sheffield’s old children’s hospital.
In later years, she was a ‘lady of leisure’ who loved library trips, swimming and independent living. Joan said: “Edna has had a varied life and most of it has revolved around family.”