Mat­tie marks 100th

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A woman who grew up in Ruther­glen had 100 rea­sons to cel­e­brate last week.

Re­tired shop­keeper Mat­tie King was sur­rounded by fam­ily and friends at her 100th birth­day party at White­hills Care Home in East Kil­bride.

Great-gran Mat­tie, real name Martha, grew up in Ruther­glen with her twin brother Gavin and par­ents Mary and James Irvine.

Af­ter leav­ing school at 14 she landed a job at Twomax factory, the Old Cot­ton Mill in the Gor­bals, where she met her hus­band John King.

The pair mar­ried in secret on Au­gust 16, 1940, af­ter John signed up for the army, serv­ing in World War II, and wel­comed son John in 1942. Daugh­ter Hi­larie, born in 1948, went on to teach.

When John was dis­charged the cou­ple moved back to Glas­gow, where they opened their first shop in Oat­lands.

Af­ter buy­ing a sec­ond shop they moved to Burn­side be­fore set­tling in East Kil­bride in 1954.

The cou­ple suf­fered the loss of ar­chi­tect son John in 1972 but have three grand­chil­dren and two great-grand­chil­dren.

Mat­tie’s birth­day cel­e­bra­tions were at­tended by more than 30 rel­a­tives and friends along with South La­nark­shire provost Ian McAl­lan and deputy lord lieu­tenant Janet Low.

Cen­te­nary Mat­tie with daugh­ter Hi­larie Howarth

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