HUDDERSFIELD woman Florrie Smith has just celebrated her 100th birthday.
Mrs Smith marked her centenary on Thursday at Aden View care home on Perseverance Street at Primrose Hill, where she has lived since last October.
She had already enjoyed an early birthday celebration with a day out to a friend’s home at Scammonden, where she went for a ride on a miniature train.
Mrs Smith – who likes to be known as Flo – was born in Lindley and went to Lindley Church School.
She left at 13 to become a dressmaker, but later gave up work to look after her invalid mother while her brothers, Jack and Herbert, worked with their father in the family plastering business, John Schofield and Sons, of Holly Bank Road in Lindley.
Mrs Smith married Leonard Brooke Smith on October 19, 1932, at Zion Chapel in Lindley.
They lived at Netherton until the Second World War, when they moved to Fartown.
Mr Smith went to work in a munitions factory and Mrs Smith became a manageress at Jesse Stephenson’s grocers in Birkby.
In 1948 the couple moved to Longwood.
They were keen ballrooms dancers and Mrs Smith also enjoyed playing tennis.
One of her big ambitions was to show her brothers that she was a good driver and she passed her test, even though it was not compulsory.
She continued to drive – and work – until she was 80.
Mrs Smith lost her husband when he was 64 and she lived alone at their home in Longwood until she was 99.