Edith Laycock: Oldest woman in Sheffield who worked until she was 82 ‘proud’ to turn 107 years old
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Edith Laycock, née Titman, worked from the age of 14 until she was 82 at WW Laycock & Sons, on Suffolk Road, and was presented with a British Empire Medal for long service when she retired.
Douglas Wright, Edith’s great nephew, said: “Until only a couple of years ago, she would look at a bill and work it out quicker than anyone else could. She was so switched-on.”
Her 68-year-long career is one of a few secrets to her long life suggested by her family, which also include drinking Baileys, and not having children.
Stephanie Hobson, activities coordinator at Norton Lees, thought Edith was no older than in her mid-80s when she met her six months ago.
She said: “Whenever I do ‘chairobics’ with them, she will be the only one getting involved. One of the first times I met her, she kicked a ball so hard her slipper fell off.”
Edith grew up on the Manor estate, with three sisters and two brothers.
She pointed to her 93-year-old sister Margaret Elam often at the family party, reminding her nieces and nephews, “that’s my sister”.
Margaret sat by her side, joking “that’s for me” as she unwrapped her presents.
Until moving into Norton Lees Care Home at age 103, Edith lived alone in Totley, and stayed independent with the support of carers popping in during the day.
Sally Weaver, Edith’s great niece, said: “We used to go and spend the weekends with her, up until we were about 11. We would put concerts on for her.”
Sally’s sister Nicola, also great niece of Edith, added: “And she got us to do housework when we were there! Well, not really, but she'd get us to get the feather duster out to keep us entertained while she was cooking.”
“At any gathering, the kids would put on concerts for her and the other adults,” added Linda Wright, Edith’s niece. “She never changes.”
On her family coming to spend her 107th birthday with her, Edith said: “I feel proud. Very proud.”