MARY CEL­E­BRATES 100TH BIRTH­DAY

Lennox Herald - - NEWS -

A cen­te­nar­ian cel­e­brated her birth­day mile­stone last week.

Mary McLean, from Alexan­dria, marked the spe­cial birth­day with a meal at Cucina with her fam­ily.

They con­tin­ued the cel­e­bra­tions on Mon­day at her home in Burns Street, where she was joined by Jim Nee­son, the hus­band of her late niece He­len Nee­son, her great-niece Therese Had­dow, Therese’s daugh­ter Su­san La­mont and her young daugh­ter Honor.

She was also joined by Deputy Provost John Millar, who at­tended her bash to present her with flowers.

Mary worked all her life, start­ing at just 14 when she left school to be a house­keeper.

She then worked in the Tor­pedo fac­tory in Alexan­dria dur­ing the Sec­ond World War be­fore go­ing on to work in the West­clox fac­tory in Dum­bar­ton.

She later be­gan work­ing in the Bal­lan­tine’s dis­tillery on Dum­bar­ton High Street un­til she re­tired.

Al­though she had no chil­dren of her own, she was close to her late niece He­len, who cared for her for 13 years un­til she died in Septem­ber.

He­len’s daugh­ter Therese said: “It was a bit­ter­sweet day for her.We all had a lovely time and we told her my mum was there in spirit. They were so close. She misses her.”

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Mile­stone Mary en­joys cel­e­brat­ing her big day

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