Lily cel­e­brates turn­ing 100

Fam­ily mark amaz­ing mile­stone and she re­ceives tele­gram from the Queen

Rutherglen Reformer - - Out And About - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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