Gladys Powers
Gladys Powers
Birth: 10 May 1899
Lewisham, London, England, UK
Death: 15 August 2008
Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
Age: 109 years, 97 days
Country: United Kingdom UK CanadaCAN
Centenarian

Gladys Powers (née Stokes; formerly Luxford; 10 May 1899 – 15 August 2008) was a British-Canadian centenarian, at age 109, the last female veteran of the First World War following the 27 March 2007 death of fellow 109-year-old American Charlotte Winters. However the subsequent discovery of fellow Britons Ivy Campany, who died on 19 December 2008, and Florence Green has disproved this. Regardless, Powers was the last veteran living in Canada, following the death of Dwight Wilson on 9 May 2007, the day before Powers' 108th birthday. The last Canadian-born veteran, 109-year-old John Babcock, later moved to the United States where he lived until his death on 18 February 2010.

Biography

Gladys Powers was born in Lewisham, London, England, UK on 10 May 1899, the daughter of Frederick Charles Stokes. During her childhood she lived in both Turkey and Australia. In 1915, she volunteered as a barracks waitress for the WAAC despite the minimum age being 17. Later she transferred to the Royal Air Force; the WRAF. In 1920, she married Edward Luxford, a Canadian soldier, whom she had met while visiting her older brother, Cyril, in hospital, where the latter was recovering from shell shock incurred during the war.

The Luxfords moved to Calgary that year, and walked almost 1000 kilometres along the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks to British Columbia in 1925. They later divorced and Powers remarried and was widowed twice, before meeting and marrying Andrew Powers in 1973, whom she also outlived. She lived in Abbotsford from 1992 until her death in 2008.

Gladys Powers died in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada on 15 August 2008 at the age of 109 years, 97 days.

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