Maria marks 100 years

Maria is presented with a bouquet from Councillor Kay Carrington
Maria is presented with a bouquet from Councillor Kay Carrington
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RESIDENTS at Adam House Nursing Home in Dysart were in a real party mood when they celebrated a 100th birthday.

Staff and residents joined friends and family of Maria Claxton to mark her centenary with a lively birthday party complete with cake and music.

And, as well as her daughter Marion Pardoe from Burntisland, some of her seven grandchildren 13 great grandchildren and five great, great grandchildren were also there.

Maria was born in Wishaw on April 2, 1913, and was one of ten children.

After leaving school she went into service for many years, moving to London before the outbreak of the Second World War.

It was here that she met her husband during the 30s, and they had their first daughter Barbara in the capital before moving back to Glasgow where Marion was born.

During the War Maria worked in the Rolls Royce factory manufacturing aeroplane parts for the war effort, and she and her family moved up and down from Scotland to England several times.

During the 1950s she joined the prison service, serving as a prison officer firstly at Strangeways in Manchester when it still had women inmates, and latterly at a remand centre in Risley near Warrington, where she retired from.

She then spent her retirement with Marion and her family in Kent.

Maria lived independently in sheltered housing for some years until the age of 96. She suffered a stroke around two years ago and moved into Adam House around 16 months ago, where she has lived happily since.

“Mum led a very active life and moved up and down the country many times during her life,” explained Marion.

“She lived with us for a long time and was a very family orientated person.

“I would like to thank the staff at Adam House for the wonderful party they organised for her and for looking after her so well.”