Dec 21 2011 By James Cracknell
Gladys Laws, aged 100
A GREAT-grandmother celebrated her 100th birthday in Ruislip with the family of which she was "most proud".
Gladys Laws, a resident at the Poplars Care Home in Ickenham Road, Ruislip, enjoyed meeting the mayor of Hillingdon, a giant birthday cake, a glass of sherry and the customary letter from the Queen on Tuesday last week.
Mrs Laws has outlived all four of her younger brothers and sisters - including Frank Crampton who once held the Land's End to John O'Groats cycling record - and sadly also daughter Margaret who died of an asthma attack in 1980 at the age of 39.
But son John, who lives in Northwood, made the short trip to Ruislip for his mother's big birthday bash. He told the Gazette: "She is a marvellous woman, she never complains and never asks for anything.
"My mum and dad sweat blood to buy their property, even though it meant they had no money and couldn't go on holiday."
Gladys married husband William Laws in May 1937 after a long romance that began when she was 14-years-old. She had been living in Potters Bar with her family but the couple bought a brand new semi-detached home in Stanmore.
They had two children, and after they both left home Gladys took a job filling bottles with shampoo. The extra money enabled her and William to go abroad once a year.
Mrs Laws now has five grandchildren and also five great-grandchildren. William died in 1993 and despite being able to see out of only one eye since 1964, Gladys continued living at home until 2009.
"Her left eye is so good she can see around corners," joked daughter-in-law Shirley.