A lady who celebrated her whopping 105th birthday surrounded by family and friends – as well as her SECOND card from the Queen – could perhaps be Dacorum’s oldest lady.
Emily Ada Beebe is one of a long list of centenarians in the borough with many from Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring recently marking 100 years of life experience.
She got her first card from the Queen when she turned 100 and the second after marking her 105th on Friday.Emily was born in Wilsford, Lincolnshire, on a snowy Sunday morning – January 30, 1910. She was the second child in a family of five girls and one boy.
When the First World War broke out in 1914, Emily’s father was too hard of hearing to join the Army so was sent to Lincolnshire to work on tanks.
Though she was only four years old at the time, Emily remembers hiding under the table when Zeppelins flew overhead dropping bombs. She can also recall a horse in a nearby field being killed, and the sorrow in her village when 22 men – including two of her relatives – were killed in the conflict.
Later in life, Emily moved to Hemel Hempstead with her husband Ted Beebe in 1934 – the pair had two daughters in the town after the move.
When Ted joined the RAF during the Second World War, Emily raised her girls as well as a young evacuee, often spending nights under the stairs listening to the planes flying overhead.
After the war, the family moved from Chapel Street to the new Warners End – with Emily working for various local industries including Brocks Fireworks and Kent Brushes until moving to Chaulden after her husband’s retirement.
Ted sadly passed away in 1996 and Emily remained in their bungalow until she turned 100. She has since lived in St Paul’s rest home – built over Mimms Field where she walked so many times during her Chapel Street days.
The golden oldie has four granddaughters and four great-grandsons.
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Britain’s former oldest person Ethel Lang died last month at the age of 114. Ethel was believed to be the last person living in the UK who was born in the reign of Queen Victoria.
The oldest person in the country currently is Gladys Hooper of the Isle of Wight, who turned 112 in January.