Nelly thanks sweet tooth for longevity

Care home res­i­dent marks mile­stone among visi­tors

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Hen­shaw

A Ruther­glen care home res­i­dent has staked a claim to the ti­tle of old­est res­i­dent in the Royal Burgh by cel­e­brat­ing her 105th birth­day.

Elen (Nelly) Rabi, who has lived at Bupa’s Ruther­glen Care Home since Jan­uary 2012, says her se­cret recipe to a long and ful­fill­ing life is a taste for all things sweet.

Nelly, who is well- known in the care home for her sweet tooth, cel­e­brated her mile­stone birth­day at Rowantree Rodger Park Ruther­glen Care Home, on Rodger Drive, with an af­ter­noon party at­tended by res­i­dents, friends and her beloved brother Alec.

Born on Septem­ber 9 in 1910 in the Gor­bals, Nelly be­gan her work­ing life as a cob­bler, mak­ing and fix­ing shoes in her lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Later in life, she worked as a shop keeper, a job that she loved as it in­volved talk­ing to cus­tomers and was re­lated to her true pas­sion: shop­ping. Nelly loved to spend her wages and her days off in the lo­cal shops in Glas­gow.

Nelly had a long and happy mar­riage to her hus­band Ernest.

Although she and Ernest did not have chil­dren, Nelly – who is an avid an­i­mal lover – did, at one point, own three cats and three dogs.

Through­out her long life, Nelly has also been ded­i­cated to her char­ity work. Be­ing a prom­i­nent mem­ber of her lo­cal church com­mu­nity, she spent her spare time ar­rang­ing char­ity events such as vol­un­teer cof­fee morn­ings and church groups. Her con­tri­bu­tion was so mean­ing­ful that Nelly is still fre­quently vis­ited in the care home by mem­bers of her church, in­clud­ing the Min­is­ter, Rev­erend Sarah El­iz­a­beth McKay, who also at­tended Nelly’s birth­day cel­e­bra­tions.

Nelly is best known at Ruther­glen for her love of tasty treats.

Her brother Alec, 89, still vis­its his sis­ter of­ten and is sure to bring pack­ets of choco­lates, sweets and pud­dings, which also al­ways go down well with the other res­i­dents.

Ann Proven, Ac­tiv­ity Co­or­di­na­tor at Bupa’s Ruther­glen Care Home, said: “Nelly is a charm­ing res­i­dent to have with us at the care home.

“She is full of sto­ries about her days as a shop keeper and all of the in­ter­est­ing peo­ple she used to meet work­ing there.

“Ev­ery­one was ab­so­lutely de­lighted to help her celebrate her big day and it was lovely to have the Min­is­ter come along and join in with the fes­tiv­i­ties. Of course, Nelly was par­tic­u­larly ex­cited about her cake.

“Turn­ing 105 is such a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment and we’re all so proud of Nelly.”

Birth­day girl Elen Rabi with fam­ily, friends and staff at Roger­park/Rowantree

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