Lily celebrates turning 100
Family mark amazing milestone and she receives telegram from the Queen
A resident of a Rutherglen care home had 100 reasons to celebrate last week.
Friends and family of Lily Laurie headed to Rogerpark Nursing Home to help her mark her 100th birthday, which was on Tuesday, July 11.
Popular Lily had two parties, one on the Sunday and one on her birthday. On the Tuesday, the telegram from the Queen arrived and she was able to enjoy a courtesy birthday cake from Greggs in Burnside. A piper was also on hand.
Alannah Graffen who works at the care home, said: “All of Lily’s family came on Sunday, some of whom she hadn’t seen in years so it was a very emotional day for everyone.”
Both shindigs had pink and purple decorations, which are her favourite colours.
Lily was born as Lily Mitchell on July 11, 1917 at 62 Brown Street in the Anderston area of Glasgow at 3.55pm.
She was one of a family of nine which included three brothers and five sisters.
In 1939, she married George Laurie, a cabinet maker to trade as well as a private in the Royal Army Service Corp.
Lily had the distinction of being born during World War One and getting married during World War Two.
The couple were blessed with son Alan in 1953.
Lily worked all her life in the whisky trade in bottling plants in Washington Street and Stepps for the Black and White from were she retired 40 years ago.
Along with many families, Lily and George moved out of Anderston to Scotstoun in 1964. Sadly, George passed away in 1974.
She remained in Scotstoun, becoming a gran to three girls and great-gran to two girls and two boys, before finally moving to Rogerpark in 2014.
Alannah said: “Lily is a very quiet, private wee lady who likes to keep herself to herself.
“She’s very independent, and still likes to get a wee perm every so often. She is well loved at the home, even other residents talk about how amazing it is for her to reach this age.”
Royal messageLily and son Alan check out her telegram from the Queen