Mary was born in Govahill but moved to Ireland while her father served in the Irish Guards during WW1. Mary was the youngest of four and sadly her mum, sister and brother passed away when she was a young girl. Mary enjoyed a close relationship with her remaining brother who set up in business in Ireland.
Mary moved back to Scotland and set up residence in Hillington. She met her husband James at the dancing and they fell in love, they were married on Boxing Day 1939. James was in the air force and sadly passed away in 1978 after 39 very happy years of marriage.
Mary and James had three children, James, Gerry and Elizabeth. Mary enjoyed her children and ensured that they received the best education which allowed them to make good lives for themselves. Mary is delighted to have several grandchildren.
Mary lived in her own home in Hillington until December 2016 when due to her age and failing eyesight she made the decision to move into Oakview Manor Care Home. Mary attributes her 100 years to a very happy life and the love of her family and said “I have enjoyed my life and as a parent you wish only the best for your children, I am so proud of them all.”
On her birthday, there was a party with live entertainment in the home with Mary’s family and friends in attendance. Mary even enjoyed a wee drop of her favourite drink, Drambuie liqueur. Mary received many lovely cards including one from HM The Queen, an array of gifts and beautiful flowers.
Iain Ballantyne, Oakview Manor Care Home’s Manager 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. At Oakview Manor, we work hard to make sure our residents’ birthdays are really special events – especially milestone birthdays like these. Everyone at the home wishes Mary a Very Happy Birthday with many more happy years to come.”
Oakview Manor is located in the quiet, leafy suburb of Pollokshields. The newly refurbished Care Home accommodates people over the age of 55. The accommodation includes opportunities for recreational and social activities, a range of dining options and services which range from occasional domestic assistance through to personal or even nursing care.
Oakview Manor is also proud to announce the opening of its very own Italian café. Café Carraro which is based inside the home opened in October 2016. It’s a welcome addition to the home where residents and their families can enjoy freshly made coffees ranging from cappuccino, latte and espresso.