Still going strong at 104!
A WOMAN in Oban celebrated her 104th birthday last week and revealed the secret to longevity might be hard work, writes David McPhee.
Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Paxton was born on December 30 1912 in Craignish, 25 miles south of Oban.
The centenarian said at first she didn’t have a secret but then disclosed ‘maybe it is hard work’.
Betty, who is one of seven sisters, travelled all over the world
with her husband because of his job.
She has visited Europe, Africa, America and Australia, although she doesn’t have a favourite as she ‘admired them all’.
‘I am fine for my age,’ she said. ‘I am an old woman now, but I was treated well and I have enjoyed it [life].
‘I had some good friends and I love to hear about them, even now.
‘I was born in Craignish but I have been in Oban for a long time. My children [Doreen, Claire and James] were all educated in Oban, before going off to university.
‘We were brought up well as children,’ she added. ‘We were strong. We were farmer’s children. We could do anything boys could do.
‘We had to do it and we did it with a vengeance. We never grudged being given hard work and I would not have had it any other way.’
Betty Paxton with some of the many flowers she received on her birthday.