100th birthday girl's special visit at party celebration

A VERY special visitor dropped by to wish Sheffield resident Elizabeth Smith a happy 100th birthday.

As well as receiving her telegram from the Queen, Elizabeth was paid a visit at Deerlands Residential Home, in Parson Cross, by Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Alan Law.

The city's first citizen presented her with an engraved glass vase at a party held for family and friends.

Elizabeth, the seventh of eight children, was born in January 1911 in Chapeltown, and attended Lound School from the age of five until the age of 13.

Her youngest brother is still alive and living in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Elizabeth's first job was as a domestic servant with the Chapeltown engineering firm family Newton Chambers, before leaving for new employment as housekeeper for a consultant anaesthetist in Sheffield.

Later she worked as a canteen assistant at the Newton Chambers factory.

But after being involved in a bad road accident on her daughter's 21st birthday in 1961, she was unable to carry out full-time employment.

Elizabeth then worked part-time for Boltons Bakery in Chapeltown for around 15 years.

She continued to lived in Chapeltown until the age of 97 when she moved into Deerlands in December 2007.

Elizabeth has two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Janet Clark, the home's senior clerk, said Elizabeth is "settled and happy" and takes part in all the outings and activities.

And she revealed the plucky centenarian even ventured outside to enjoy last month's heavy snow.

"She got all wrapped up and went outside to throw snowballs and build a snowman with staff!" Janet said.

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