100th birthday wishes for Glasgow care home resident

James and Mary Shanks on their wedding day.

Former shop assistant Mary Shanks, resident at Cumbrae House celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends earlier this month.

Mrs Shanks resides in Cumbrae House, a unique development at St. Georges Cross located where the city centre meets the West End. The building has a total of 66 beds which includes nursing, enhanced residential and residential care.

Mrs Shanks from Maryhill has lived to see some of the most major advancements in human history, life-changing inventions, to men walking on the moon and the technology revolution. She has lived through WWI, the Great Depression, to 9/11, and the War on Terrorism. She has lived to see many US presidents from Woodrow Wilson, FDR , JFK and the first Black President.

She met her husband James on a trip to the shops when she was in her 20’s and he asked her out to the pictures. They dated and were married for 39 years and had one daughter, Marion before James passed away in the late 1970’s. Mary never remarried but had very good friends around her and loved dancing and singing.

Mary Shanks and her daughter Marion McBurnie

She wasn’t short of company and made a good friend at her local dancing hall, Mr Bruce. Mary was delighted to have a dancing partner and continued dancing until ill health restricted her ability to manage her life without care and she moved into Cumbrae House Care Home last year.

On her 100th birthday, “She received many beautiful cards including a card from HM The Queen and The Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, an array of gifts and flowers, which were very much appreciated,” her daughter, Marion said.

Mary attributes her 100 years to a very happy life and love of her family her daughter Marion, said.

Mary has never set foot into a pub in all her 100 years but did enjoy the odd sherry. She has always loved a bit of sparkle and today was wearing one of her glittery new tops.

The celebrations were ongoing all day with live entertainment and a buffet. Care home manager, James Calder said: “It’s a pleasure having Mary in our home and it is very special to be able to celebrate her 100th birthday with her.  Everyone at the home wishes Mary a Very Happy Birthday with many more happy years to come.”


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