|Birth: ||Sep. 8, 1905, England|
|Death: ||Jul. 28, 2010, England|
Ivy Bean, better known as IvyBean104 on Twitter, at age 104 was the oldest person on the Twitter network. She passed away after a brief illness. I enjoyed reading her tweets--- she was always cheerful, friendly, and happy to embrace technology. She tweeted a lot more than many younger people I know on the Twitter network.
The very last tweet Ivy ever sent herself was, "going to have my lunch now will be back later" which was sent 3:52 AM Jul 6th (PST) via web
LONDON (AP) - Ivy Bean, who became an online celebrity as the oldest known user of micro-blogging site Twitter, has died at the age of 104.
Pat Wright, manager of the care home where she lived in Bradford, northern England, says Bean died peacefully early Wednesday.
Wright said Bean "grabbed new technology. She would try anything."
Bean joined Twitter in 2008 and amassed more than 56,000 followers. They included Sarah Brown, wife of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who tweeted Wednesday: "Sad to hear the news of Ivy Bean's passing. A great spirit and sense of humor; highly respected senior ambassador for Twitter."
Bean's last tweet was July 6. It read, "going to have my lunch now will be back later."
Wright said Bean is survived by a daughter.
Before she became the oldest person on Twitter, Ivy became the oldest person on Facebook. Posted on her Facebook profile, which states that all information is public, is the following:
Ivy Bean (nee Asquith) was born in Bradford on the 8th September 1905.
She is one of 8 children. Ivy went to school at James Street school in Thornton and left at 14 to go and work at Prospect Mill. During her time at the mill, she worked firstly in spinning and then in the winding department.
Ivy later married Harold Bean, who was a soldier in the Royal Army Service Corps, he later transferred to the Army Catering Corps where he was stationed in North Africa. After Harold left the army he and Ivy went to work in service for the Lord and Lady Guiness at Greens Norton Hall in Northampton. It was during their time there that they had their only daughter, Sandra.
After working in Bedford, the family came back to Bradford and Ivy began working for Arthur Crossland, a local mill owner. She had worked for Arthur for about 18 years when sadly, he passed away and she decided it was time to retire.
Having only been retired a couple of months, Ivy got fed up and returned to work for Mr Crosslands daughter, Mrs Hutchinson, in a small office in Harrogate.
Several years later, Ivy retired for the second time, aged 73, a little while after her beloved husband Harold passed away, aged 75.
It was after this, Ivy realised her passion for crown green bowling, where she met many friends.
At the age of 92, Ivy had to go into a residential home and stayed their for 10 years until the home closed down. It was at this point, she came to stay with us at Hillside Manor, just one week before her 102nd birthday.
Ivy has a loving family. One daughter, Sandra Logan, two grandsons, Andrew and Gareth Ledgard and three great grandchildren, Nicole, Choloe and Sam Ledgard, who come to visit her regularly.
When speaking with Ivy regarding her facebook profile, her only comment was:
"I am looking forward to receiving my next telegram from the queen in two years time."
From an article on Ivy's Born in Bradford project:
Ivy, who was born in Thornton on September 8, 1905, was six years old when the Titantic sank, about to celebrate her 21st birthday when the first television broadcast was made and already a pensioner when man landed on the moon.
Although confessing a weakness for fish and chips, she puts her longevity and slimness down to not drinking alcohol and a lifetime's love of fresh fruit, salad and vegetables.
Ivy did indeed love her fish and chips, and tweeted about them often. While she was in the hospital, shortly before her death (which was at home), one of her caregivers smuggled fish and chips into her hospital room. This demonstrates just how much she was loved by those around her.
Ivy will be greatly missed by many all over the world.
Created by: Jo Frey
Record added: Aug 03, 2010
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