Isabella celebrates 100th birthday

An Oldmeldrum care home saw one of their residents celebrate a very special birthday last week.

Saturday, 21st December 2013, 8:00 am
Cutting the cake: Isabella celebrates her 100th birthday

Westbank Care Home resident, Isabella Donald, enjoyed a small party with family marking her 100th birthday last Thursday.

Even Mid-Formartine Councillor Cryle Shand and the Lord-Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire, James Ingleby, made time to drop past the home and visit Isabella on her birthday.

Isabella said she had a very busy day.

Isabella Donald on her 100th birthday along with the Lord-Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire, James Ingleby and Councillor Cryle Shand

She told the Times: “I have got lots of presents and a card from the Queen and the Lord-Lieutenant.”

Joining in the celebrations with her were her nine children.

Daughter, Mary Gillespie, of Dyce, said: “There used to be ten children but one son died unexpectedly when he was 29.

“Mum’s four beautiful daughters and five ugly sons are here today!

“She has got lots of cards and seen lots of things change over the years from television to transport.

“She had a stroke 18 years ago and we looked after her for 16 years. It was only when her short term memory loss started to go that we let her stay here on a trial basis in January this year.

“She lived in Inverurie up until then.”

Isabella has happily stayed in the home ever since.

Mary added: “The staff absolutely loved her! Her sight and hearing are all still very good.”

The Lord-Lieutenant was also very impressed with the remarkable lady.

James said: “I was so shocked to hear she has nine children, and used to have ten, as not much people have that much children nowadays.