Gosberton’s grand old lady Lois celebrates her 100th birthday in style
Bingo lover and TV football fan Lois Burton celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday with a party for 40 relatives and friends.
Lois is following in the footsteps of an elder sister, Ivy Carter, by becoming a centenarian.
Sadly, Ivy passed away a couple of years ago but not until she was nudging close to her 104th birthday.
Two of Lois’s brothers lived into their nineties.
Lois was born in Gosberton, the sixth of Samuel and Clara Gosling’s eight children, and attended the village school until she was 14, spending her early working life in agriculture on her father’s smallholding.
She married Les Short and had a son Malcolm but divorced during the war and moved to Boston, working in a canning factory.
Lois later married Frank Burton, and the couple settled in Gosberton, and had three children, Bridget, Robert and Gary – sadly Frank passed away in 1982 and Gary passed away in 1987.
Following her second marriage, Lois continued working on the land.
Until four years ago, Lois was looking after herself and living in a house in Salem Street but lost her independence after a fall, when she broke her hip.
Son Malcolm says: “She cooked every day, it was very important to have her veg.”
Lois became a Liverpool supporter because her son Gary followed the team and she had Sky TV installed so she could watch live matches.
Asked to sum up his mum, Malcolm said: “She’s always been a very hard worker and very much a house proud type person but also could be a little fiery.”
It’s an amazing 86 years since Lois left school.
She said: “We did sums, I liked all of the things, reading and things like that.”
Lois lived through one of the harshest winters on record, that of 1947, with snow drifts blocking roads and railways.
She held her hand 3ft from the floor and said: “The snow was up to here. You couldn’t move far. I can remember about things like that.”
Lois spoke to us the day before her party at Gosberton House Care Home.
She said with a smile: “How old am I ... 100? Oh dear!”
As well as her children, Lois has six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
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