Still go­ing strong at 104!

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

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.’

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Betty Pax­ton with some of the many flow­ers she re­ceived on her birth­day.

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