Tribute paid to great-gran who lived in Kirkintilloch for more than 100 years

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THE family of a great-gran who died at the age of 103 have described her as happy, independent and very likeable.

Ethel Henry was born in Kirkintilloch and lived all her life in the town. It’s understood she was the oldest resident in Kirkintilloch.

Ethel passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, February 22.

Ethel’s parents, Joe and Annie Patton, moved from Northern Ireland to Kirkintilloch at the turn of the 20th century.

Ethel had two sisters, Violet and Bertha, and the family later lived at 75 Cowgate.

After attending Lairdsland Primary, Ethel went to on to work in the Vindanda Laundry in the town.

A keen dancer, Ethel also enjoyed badminton and was a member of Kirkintilloch Tennis Club. It was there she met her husband John. They married in St Mary’s Church in 1935 and went on to have twin sons, Billy and Ian.

They lived in Salford Place before moving to Langmuir Road in Harestanes in 1965.

Ethel had four grandchildren and six great-grandchilren, as well as nieces who lived nearby. John died in 1996.

Billy still lives in Kirkintilloch and Ian in Cumbernauld.

Despite the odd visit to the doctor or hospital, Ethel had a healthy life.

Her family believe the key to her long life was her faith. Ethel was a member of St Mary’s Church before joining her husband’s church at St David’s Memorial Park.

Ethel’s niece, Rona Campbell, said: “Ethel was independent and liked going out.

“We took her to Caulders Garden Centre last year and when we came back she would phone her friends to say what she had to eat.

“One day when I went to visit she started talking about prime ministers and we counted 18 that had been in power since she was born.”

Ethel loved writing letters and was still doing crosswords up until the age of 100.

Ethel’s nieces, Margaret King and Mae Pitcairn, described her as the “hub of the family who was very much loved, a very happy person who will be greatly missed.”

Ethel’s funeral took place at St David’s Memorial Park and Daldowie Crematorium last week.

SPECIAL BIRTHDAY: Ethel is pictured (top) on her 100th birthday.