Ivy Lesly Bean
8 September 1905
|Died||28 July 2010 (aged 104)|
Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
|Known for||Oldest person on Twitter & one of the oldest on Facebook|
|Spouse(s)||Harold Bean (1945–1978)|
Ivy Asquith was born in Bradford, as one of 8 children. She went to school at James Street School in Thornton and left at 14 to go and work at the Prospect Mill. During her time at the mill, she worked firstly in spinning and then in the winding department. She later married Harold Bean, a soldier in the Royal Army Service Corps who briefly served in North Africa. After Harold left the army, he and Ivy went to work in service for the Lord and Lady Guinness at Greens Norton Hall in Northampton. It was during their time there that they had their only daughter, Sandra.
After several years in Bedford, the family returned to Bradford and Bean began working for Arthur Crossland, a local mill owner. She had worked for Crossland for about 18 years when he died and she decided it was time to retire. A few months later, she began working for her former boss' daughter. Several years later, Bean retired for the second time, aged 73, a little while after her husband Harold died, aged 75. She would remain on her own until the age of 92, when she moved into a residential home, where she remained for ten years, until the home closed down and she moved into another care facility, just one week before her 102nd birthday.
Later years and fame
In 2007 she first accessed the internet via a computer given by social services to her care home. In 2008, at the age of 102, Bean joined Facebook, making her one of its oldest members. An inspiration to other residents, she quickly became more widely known, and several fan pages were made in her honour. Bean discussed her life in a care home, her favourite meal, and episodes of Deal or No Deal she had seen.
Singer Peter Andre had a private meeting with Bean in September 2009 while in Bradford for a book signing. She visited Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah in Downing Street early in 2010. Some time after creating her Facebook page, Bean also joined Twitter, when she passed the maximum number of friends allowed by Facebook. At the time of her death, she had 4,962 friends on Facebook and more than 56,000 followers on Twitter. It is also known that her Facebook account is disabled.
Illness and death
In early July 2010, staff at Bean's care home reported on her Twitter account that she had been admitted to hospital, but that she was in good spirits and would be back online as soon as her health allowed. A week later it was reported that she was suffering from liver failure. On 23 July, Bean returned home but her condition worsened and at 12:08 am on 28 July, she died at the age of 104. Admirers Stephen Fry and Graham Linehan were saddened by the news.
Bean is survived by a daughter Sandra, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was married to Harold Bean (d.1978), and never remarried after he died.
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