Mary marks 105th birthday

NEAABE120208b3, Mary Mason celebrates her 105th birthday at Gitbrook care home. seen with Daniel Pheasant, staff Yolanda Colyle, Aga Marcinkowska, Barbara urnaiak, Kamal Purewal and Wioletta Wrona.
NEAABE120208b3, Mary Mason celebrates her 105th birthday at Gitbrook care home. seen with Daniel Pheasant, staff Yolanda Colyle, Aga Marcinkowska, Barbara urnaiak, Kamal Purewal and Wioletta Wrona.

MARY Mason who lives at Giltbrook Care Home turned 105 last week.

The pensioner received a card from the Queen and was treated to a party and cake by care home staff to mark the huge milestone.

Care home manager Barbara Urbanank said despite not being able to get up and walk about, Mary was still ‘feisty’ and ‘full of spirit’.

“She is full of spirit still. Despite being bed and chair-bound she’s still very feisty and if she’s not happy with something she will quickly let you know!”

Her grandson Pete Pheasant paid her a visit for her birthday on Monday.

“I don’t know what her secret to old age is, but I hope she has passed it on to me!” he said.

“It certainly gives the rest of the family some hope of longevity.”

Mr Pheasant’s parents died when he was a teenager, so he was always particularly close to his gran.

Mary, one of 13 children, had one child herself, who was Mr Pheasant’s mum.

She lived in Doncaster before moving to Ilkeston aged 96 to be near family. She moved to Giltbrook Care Home in 2007.

Mary, who is thought to be Eastwood’s oldest resident, has three grandchildren, two great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.