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Tributes paid to Sheffield’s oldest resident

105 year-old Lucy Stonier celebrates her birthday at the Hallamshire Care Home, Sheffield, with, back row, from left, ScottMelville, Karen Payling and Elizabeh Szabo; front, Shanice Brookes and Corrina Roberts.

105 year-old Lucy Stonier celebrates her birthday at the Hallamshire Care Home, Sheffield, with, back row, from left, ScottMelville, Karen Payling and Elizabeh Szabo; front, Shanice Brookes and Corrina Roberts.

Tributes have been paid to one of Sheffield’s oldest residents – who has died at the grand old age of 105.

Lucy Stonier, who lived at the Hallamshire Care Home on Broomhall Road, Broomhall, was said to have lived a long and happy life by stressing less and laughing more.

Family members described her as an ‘institution’ and said she will be sadly missed as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Born on May 11, 1909, in Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent, Lucy was one of five children – the second eldest and the only girl.

From the age of 18, Lucy worked as a legal secretary.

During World War Two she continued with her secretarial duties in Britain, but afterwards she volunteered to work with the Allied Control Council, which oversaw Germany following Hitler’s defeat.

She married Fred in 1966 and remained living in Penkhull until 1995 when, after Fred’s death, she moved to Dronfield to live with her son Bruce.

She later travelled to the United States with Bruce, staying in the US until the age of 99, when she returned to Sheffield.

Bruce paid tribute to his mother, saying: “She was brave to volunteer to work in Germany as things were hostile at that point. My mother was independently-minded and lived life on her terms – she wouldn’t let anybody push her around.

“I think her longevity was down to having a full- time job for many years and remaining active.

“She was also an artist and enjoyed drawing and painting.

“She was close to her family and became something of an institution.

“It was difficult to believe she could live as long as she did and also difficult to accept it would come to an end. She will be missed.”

Lucy also leaves brother Stuart,two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

 

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