Hillcroft Nursing Home resident Mary Tranter celebrated her 102nd birthday this week, surrounded by friends and family.
Mary was born in Keighley on October 21 1912, the same year the Titanic sank. She was the second of four children – the only girl.
Mary went to Keighley girls’ school, and when she left she went to work in the mill at the age of 14 weaving. She learnt to sign to her workmates as it was too noisy and they couldn’t talk to each other.
Later on she went on to do berling and mending in the mill. During the war she worked in engineering and later on she got a job in a pharmacy, which she loved.
Mary met Willy at church and they married in 1932. She is a devout Christian and was involved in the church’s work.
Mary and Willy moved to Morecambe in 1967 – a place she wanted to live as the couple had a caravan there and regularly visited on holiday.
In 1964 Mary’s dad died and her mother came to live with herin Morecambe, where Mary looked after her until she died.
Mary also wanted her brother Jack and his wife Dot and family to move to Morecambe so the family could be together. Mary’s husband died in 1986 after getting gangreen and having his leg amputated which led to complications and his death.
Mary continued to live in her bungalow and had an active life in the church and loved swimming, gardening and reading. In 2008 she started to need help and in 2012 had a bad fall, breaking her hip and needing long term hospitalisation. It became clear Mary needed constant care and so she moved to Hillcroft in Heysham and celebratedher 100th birthday there.
She amazed everyone at the home by making a great recovery and on Tuesday celebrated her 102nd birthday, with the help and care of her family and all the staff at Hillcroft.