Gladys Ritchie – 104 years old

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born February 11, 1906

This is my first response from the United Kingdom!  I will admit that I was cautious about writing to centenarians in the UK because I was unsure if they would write back and it would ultimately be a waste of postage.  So I was absolutely thrilled to get this response.

Gladys Ritchie resides in a care home in Lydiate, Liverpool.

Ms. Ritchie was 103 when she sent me a brief handwritten letter.

DEAR HEATHER,

MANY THANKS FOR THE LETTER, NO SECRET, JUST GOOD PLAIN FOOD, NO JUNK FOOD, FRUIT FOR I, WANT A SNACK.

DON’T DRINK OR SMOKE  WISH I COULD HELP MORE

YOURS TRUILLY

GLADYS RITCHIE

And yes, she did write in all caps.  Her handwriting was little difficult to decipher but legible enough.  I love foreign postage stamps.  Isn’t this one lovely?According to the Formby Times Gladys was quite the shooting enthusiast in her day, winning many trophies and belonging to the Altcar Rifle Club. She lived independently until October 2008 when she moved into a care home.  She enjoys reading, crossword puzzles, and clearly writing to strangers in America.

The world through Gladys Ritchie’s Life:

Birth year of 1906

-King Edward VII the monarch of the United Kingdom.

– The light bulb is introduced.

Age 22 – The right to vote granted to all women over the age of 21 in England.

Age 24 – First BBC television broadcast.

Age 34 – The automatic dishwasher is manufactured.

Age 58 – The Beatles appear on the Ed Sullivan show for the first time 2 days before her 58th birthday.

Age 70 – Betamax the first home video cassette recorder introduced.

Age 80 – The world’s first test tube twins born in London.

Age 91 – The unexpected and much publicized death of Princess Diana

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