Edith Ingamells

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Edith 'Judy' Ingamells, née Gude (12 January 1894 – 1 March 2006)[1] was recognized by Guinness as the oldest living person in the United Kingdom, following the death of 113-year-old Lucy d'Abreu on 7 December 2005, until Ingamells' death aged 112 years 48 days. She was the 21st oldest living person at the time of her death.

Born in Maidenhead, Berkshire, Ingamells, nicknamed "Judy", moved to Enfield, London at the beginning of the Second World War, where she married a florist, Percy, who worked for a family firm based in Covent Garden.

She lived in other areas around England, and worked as a milliner before coming back to settle in Enfield in 1990.

Ingamells had three daughters, five grandchildren, four great-grand children and two great-great-grandchildren. She had lived through the reigns of six monarchs, both world wars and crossed three centuries. She was 20 when the First World War started and was 51 by the end of World War II. When serenaded with wartime songs on her 112th birthday, Ingamells responded "I don't like war songs. Who wants to remember something as horrible as the war?"[1]

The secret to Ingamells' longevity, said daughter Pat Bull at the time of her 111th birthday, was to "never look back, always look forward, which she is certainly doing".[2]

A hearty breakfast of bacon and mushrooms, which she enjoyed up until a few years before her death, is also said to have been the secret to Ingamells' longevity success. Judy's successor as the UK's oldest living person was Emmeline Brice, who turned 111 on 9 March 2006, and died several months later, on 26 July 2006.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Southern, Kate (15 March 2006). "UK's Oldest woman dies". Enfield Independent. Retrieved 28 June 2006. 
  2. ^ Southern, Kate (20 January 2005). "Judy, 111, is the greatest gran". Enfield Independent. Retrieved 28 June 2006. 
  3. ^ "UK's oldest woman dies aged 111". BBC News. 2 August 2006. Retrieved 20 September 2007. 
Preceded by
Lucy d'Abreu
Oldest person in the United Kingdom
7 December 2005 – 1 March 2006
Succeeded by
Emmeline Brice