Gertrude’s message for a long and happy life

100th birdthay of Gertrude Hukin celebrating with family and friends
100th birdthay of Gertrude Hukin celebrating with family and friends
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‘Keep calm and carry on’ – that’s the motto behind Gertrude Hukin’s long and happy life...

A placid outlook and a positive attitude are the best ways to he happy, according to Gertude, who has just celebrated her 100th birthday.

Mum-of-two Gertrude toasted her century with neighbours and family, who travelled from as far afield as Bahrain and Canada.

Her daughters Pauline Naylor, 75, and Maureen Carr, 71, organised the party.

Maureen said: “She is a lovely natured, placid person. She has never lost her temper.”

“She has a very positive mental attitude to life – she never seems to worry about anything and takes everything in her stride.”

Pauline said: “She has a great sense of humour, and she is very supportive of everybody.”

Gertrude was born in Barnsley in 1913 and grew up with a single mum after her father died of pneumonia during First World War.

She passed her 11-plus exam and had the opportunity to go to the City Grammar School in Sheffield.

But her mother could not afford the high fees and payments for books, and Gertrude refused to let her mum take on a huge debt with only a war widow’s pension.

Gertrude became a sewing machinist at the Co-operative’s West Street factory in the 1930s – but the loud noise of the machines caused deafness in later life.

Gertrude, of Hackenthorpe, Sheffield, married Ernest Hukin aged 23.

Ernest was a hairdresser, working at Scott’s on the Wicker before opening his own shop in Ranmoor.

Keen walker Gertrude enjoyed taking her daughters for long walks and enjoyed travelling, visiting Austria, Paris, Rome, Florence and Dubrovnik.

Ernest died aged 90 in June 2006 just a few months before their 70th wedding anniversary.

She was also an avid reader and loved to solve puzzles.

Pauline said: “She used to love doing the crosswords in The Star, and finished them almost instantly!”