Wilhelmina Jessie Skinner (Ina) was born on Tuesday, December 10, 1912.
Celebrating her centenary last Monday, with family and friends around her, she was in good party humour. The Herald caught up with her just before she went off to enjoy the lunch put on at her home at Provost Lawrence Court.
Born in Clatt, Ina was one of four children born to farming parents.
Music played a large part of her life, as did her community and her Kirk and she found a great deal of enjoyment in a number of different hobbies, but these were for the winter months - the summer was for the garden, and green fingered Ina grew any amount of fruit, vegetables, flowers and shrubs, which she would gladly tell you about.
Ina had a lot of sadness in her young life, her father died when she was just six-years-old both her younger brothers died prematurely, Jack aged 37 and Bertie at only 18 although older brother Jim lived until he was 93.
Ina married a farmer, Benjamin Skinner, in 1950. The couple enjoyed a Swiss honeymoon before settling down on a farm in Forgue. Soon the couple’s two daughters, Heather and Gladys were born and in 1970, they gave up farming and moved to Kintore. In 1988 tragedy struck when Benjamin was knocked off his bicycle and died as a result. In 2000 Ina moved to her present residence.
As well as her two daughters, Ina has five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.