Mary celebrates 100th birthday

MOWAT Court resident Mary Milne celebrated her 100th birthday last Wednesday surrounded by her family and friends.
MOWAT Court resident Mary Milne celebrated her 100th birthday last Wednesday surrounded by her family and friends.

STONEHAVEN resident Mary Grace Milne celebrated her 100th birthday last week, and friends and family gathered at Mowat Court care home, where she has lived for the last three years, to help her to celebrate the special occasion.

Mary, who is known to her family as Grace, was born in Dufftown on August 17 1911. She grew up in Cults, before moving to Banchory after her marriage to her late husband Billton in October 1935. She met Billton through friends, and they went on to have two children before his death in 1979. Mary now has six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Mary sang with the Banchory Ternan Church Choir for 60 years and has remained active in later life, living independently until the age of 97, and even taking a solo trip to Canada at the age of 96.

Mary is the oldest surviving Gordon Highlanders widow, and continues to attend their annual lunch every year.

Mary’s granddaughter said: “She is still very active, and goes on all of the outings that Mowat Court arrange. She even took up computing classes when she first moved here three years ago. She is a great cook and she always always wins at the bingo.”

Mary said that her proudest achievement is her family. She added: “I have a good family, they are very special. We don’t quarrel. I feel very lucky to have them.”

Mary was presented with flowers from the Rotary Club of Stonehaven and Councillor Wendy Agnew also paid her a visit to present her with a card and flowers on behalf of Aberdeenshire Council.

A party was held in Mary’s honour on Saturday evening at the British Legion in Banchory.