An Abbots Langley woman celebrated her 100th birthday this month with a special birthday party at a care centre in the village.
Ruth Warman has lived in Abbots for six years and attends Victoria House Day Care Centre for three days a week.
The staff and four generations of the Warman family decided to host a party at the centre for Ruth on November 18 including entertainment from the U3A singing group, Shedettes.
Ruth has six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
Special guests included the Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor and county councillor Mark Watkin.
Family and friends joined the party too, with all the regulars at the day centre.
Victoria House provided Ruth with a wonderful three-tier birthday cake decorated with pictorial highlights of her life since 1919.
Ruth was born in Harrow on the Hill and moved to Reading in 1921.
Ruth’s love of biscuits was encouraged by her first job at Huntley and Palmers Biscuit factory in Reading.
Ruth then moved to Sheffield in 1938.
In 1943, Ruth served in the Women’s Auxiliary Airforce, as a wireless operator in Bomber Command.
Her good hearing skills and finger dexterity (from playing the organ and secretarial training) were invaluable for her morse code messages to aircrews over the North Sea and beyond.
Ruth married Clifford Warman in September 1944.
They lived in Sheffield for over 40 years – raising a family of three children.
Clifford worked at the town hall.
He became the city engineer and chief planning officer in 1960. On retirement in 1970, Clifford was awarded the CBE for his professional services in planning and developing Sheffield for over thirty years.
Ruth and Clifford moved to Garston in 1986 to live near their son Peter and his family.
After Clifford died at 93, Ruth moved to Abbots Langley to live with her family in 2013.