TRIBUTES were today paid after one of Sunderland’s oldest residents died at the age of 106.
Elizabeth Greathead, of Grangetown, was born in 1904 when King Edward was on the throne.
The community stalwart went on to outlive all of her nine brothers and sisters. Her other two siblings died in infancy.
Although Elizabeth was raised in a large family only two of her siblings had children.
She never married and was close to her sister Miriam. They frequently went on holiday together, visiting 35 countries and even going to Canada when she was 102.
Elizabeth enjoyed an active social life, starting dancing in her 20s and carrying on until she was 100. In her later years, she also enjoyed knitting, playing bingo and going out and about with friends.
Her nephew, Brian Greathead, 81, moved to Buckinghamshire many years ago but today told how his aunt was a well-known figure in Sunderland.
Mr Greathead said: “At her 100th birthday party there was over 100 people there and that was mainly friends. The local MP at the time, Chris Mullin was there too.
“She gained minor celebrity status in Grangetown throughout her long life and was even made honorary president of the local Townswomen’s Guild when she turned 100.”
One of life’s go-getters, Elizabeth enjoyed a long career at Hendon Paperworks from the age of 14 until she retired at 60.
Church also played a big part in Elizabeth’s life and she attended St Aidan’s regularly from it being built. She enjoyed her 100th birthday party in the church hall.
Father Christopher Collins, paid tribute to Elizabeth, saying: “She was quite an amusing character but I never quite knew if she intended to be.
“She was well-respected by people and had such close friends including her sister Miriam who she lived with.”
Elizabeth’s funeral will be at Sunderland Crematorium at 9.30am tomorrow.