On Friday, Emily Glass’ lifelong dream came true. She received a birthday card from the queen of England.
Glass celebrated her 100th birthday at the Douglas County Senior Center surrounded by family and friends.
“It’s beautiful. I was so surprised. I’ve been waiting for it to come to my house,” Glass said of her special card. “I thank Travis (Lee) a million times for getting me that.”
Along with the queen’s birthday card, Glass received more than 60 cards with birthday wishes from senior center members, and the Young at Heart board presented her with a bottle of her favorite drink, Bailey’s Irish Cream.
“I’m so happy I’ve got so many people around me,” she said. “It’s overwhelming.”
Glass was born March 14, 1914, in Forest Gate, England — 9.4 miles from Buckingham Palace. As a young girl she attended school at Good Hall Lane in London. When she started working she made shirts and pajamas.
During World War II, she began working in a tavern serving food and beverages to the American soldiers. Glass and her family survived the German Blitz on London that started Sept. 7, 1940, and ended in May of 1941.
In 1946, Glass came to America where she raised her five children Terry, John, Robert, Patricia and Carol.
Glass’ son, John, and daughter, Carol, attended the party.
“She’s a lovely lady, a great person and a great mother. She’s so full of life. The world’s a better place because of her,” John said. “Many times I’ve asked her to live with me and she won’t. She’s so independent.”
Carol said she learned a lot from her mother.
“She taught me to be responsible and treat people the way you would want to be treated. She also taught us good work ethics,” she said. “It’s wonderful she’s able to have her dream of a card from the queen. She wanted to live long enough to get that card.”
Glass has been a member of the senior center for eight years, eating lunch there daily, attending bingo regularly and participating in center outings.
She is also known for her monthly gifts of Cadbury candy bars wrapped up and decorated for senior center staff.
“She’s somebody to look up to. She’s everybody’s friend and everybody adores her,” said Bob Cook, senior advisory council chairman. “It wouldn’t be the same here without her.”
Glass has six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Senior Services Director, Travis Lee attended the party via Skype, and County Manager Steve Mokrohisky made an appearance as well.
Lee had written to Buckingham Palace in February to request a card for Glass. Cards are only sent to those celebrating their 100th and 105th birthday and every year thereafter. It is the queen’s custom only to send messages to current citizens of one of her realms or UK overseas territories.