Centenarian Mary returns home for big birthday celebration

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Miles don’t matter to centenarian Mary Greaves (nee McKechnie) who travelled up from Yorkshire recently to celebrate her 100th birthday in her birth town.

Oban High School’s Innes Munro piped the family in.

Mary celebrated the big day at the Falls of Lora Hotel surrounded by family from both Yorkshire and Oban. Her great niece Louise McKechnie made the local arrangements, which included guests being piped in by Oban High School’s Innes who was only to happy to volunteer for the task.

Her Oban nephew Neil McKechnie proposed a toast to Mary’s future and the whole family agreed that the day was a great day of celebration and happiness.

Mary’s daughter Rosemary Greaves told us: ‘My mother never lost her Oban connection or fondness for the town. It was life at the time of the war that took her away in other directions but nothing pleases her more than to spend time here and see the family.

‘Falls of Lora were absolutely brilliant and very considerate of my mother’s age and need for extra care. We hope to do a repeat celebration as the years go on.’

Mary went to Oban High School before going to the University of Edinburgh.

Born in Oban to Neil and Joanne McKechnie, Mary went to Rockfield School and Oban High School before going to the University of Edinburgh and was then directed to Yorkshire during the Second World War. There she married and had three children. She still lives there today.

During her long life Mary was a Governor at Woodhouse Grove School and a Justice of the Peace. She has been happily retired for many years.

Mary’s father Neil McKechnie was in the Merchant Navy and is listed on the Oban war memorial.

There were 26 well wishers at the party itself, including family members from Yorkshire, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Fort William, Duror, along with nieces and nephew from Oban – Iona MacKechnie, Iain MacKechnie and Jan Roberts with their families.