Balloons, gifts, cake and a good old-fashioned singalong made for a perfect party at Sheffield’s Hallamshire Care Home to celebrate resident Lucy Stonier’s 105th birthday.
Lucy’s family, including grandchildren Cherry and Robbie, attended the celebrations at the Broomhall Road care home, which included a singer to entertain her and fellow residents.
Lucy was born on May 11, 1909, in the village of Penkhull in Stoke-on-Trent, one of five children – the second eldest and the only girl.
During her time living in Penkhull Lucy met her husband Fred and lived in the same family home for more than 70 years.
She later moved to Dronfield to live with her son Bruce before moving across the pond with him to live in Ohio. In 2009 she returned to Sheffield as a resident at Hallamshire Care Home.
Lucy spent much of her working life as a legal secretary, which included a short spell working in Germany following the Second World War. She was also a very good artist and spent much of her spare time drawing and painting.
Granddaughter Cherry said: “As a little girl I often remember my Gran doing drawings of me, she also had a great passion for fashion.
“She’s always enjoyed travelling and has seen a quite a bit of the world during her many holidays.”
Lucy’s husband Fred, with whom she had one son, died some 20 years ago. Lucy also has two grandchildren and two great grandchildren, Elvie, five, and Anja, two.
According to Cherry the secret to Lucy’s long and happy life is to laugh more and stress less.
She said: “My Gran has a great sense of humour and really enjoys a joke.
“She’s managed to keep her life fairly stress free and rather than worrying about things she tries her best to enjoy life.
“Living to 105 is certainly nothing to do with her diet – I’ve never known anyone have such a sweet tooth.
“Unfortunately my Dad was unable to make the party on Saturday but the majority of the family attended and the care home staff were brilliant at making all the arrangements,
“My Gran enjoyed the celebrations – especially the cake – and she also received another card from the Queen, which was a really nice surprise.”
Home manager Scott Melville said: “Lucy can be an incredibly bright and bubbly person.
“She’s very much a part of the home and is popular with staff and residents alike.”