TRIBUTES have been paid to a much-loved centenarian who died on her 101st birthday.
Spirited Evelyn Thompson passed away on her milestone day in hospital last Sunday surrounded by members of her loving family.
Eveylyn had been admitted to the University Hospital of Hartlepool around 12 days earlier with a chest infection.
She had amazed friends and family by staying so active and cheerful despite her great age.
Evelyn still lived in her own home in the Hart Lane area of Hartlepool with the aid of her family.
Daughter Christine Ascough, 60, said: “My mother was a very loving and family oriented person.
“She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
“She always loved and stayed close to her relations in Sunderland.”
Evelyn had been a popular member of Grange Road Methodist Church for around 50 years where she had many friends.
Evelyn, whose maiden name was Ratcliffe, was born in Sunderland on September 2, 1911.
She married husband Irving, known as Bob, in 1933.
The couple moved to Hartlepool when Bob got a job with the Mail’s predecessor, the Northern Daily Mail.
They had two children, Irving Thompson, 78, a renowned violinist who lives in Canada, and Christine who lives in Dalton Piercy.
Evelyn had a life-time love of classical music and was devoted to her family.
She had four grandchildren; Irving Thomspson junior, 51, Paul Thompson, 47, Alex Gatenby, 30, and Jonathan Gatenby, 27.
Evelyn was also a great-grandmother to Oscar and George.
She appeared in the Mail last year celebrating her 100th birthday when she received a card from the Queen.
Her funeral takes place at Grange Road Methodist Church in Hartlepool on Monday at noon.