Isabella celebrates her 100th birthday in style

Isabella Mitchell with Sheila Craggs
Isabella Mitchell with Sheila Craggs

An Ellon resident celebrated a very special birthday this week surrounded by her family and friends.

Isabella Mitchell marked her 100th birthday at the Ythanvale Care Home on Tuesday.

Celebrating in her best pearls. Isabella, said that she had received lots of gifts from those close to her.

She told the Times: “I think it’s important that you don’t let yourself go. I like to keep-up-to-date.”

Sheila Craggs delivered a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the home and a card from the Queen to Isabella.

Sheila said: “I have been a minister in Ellon and visited Sheila for years. I was delighted to present the card and flowers to her.”

Isabella grew up in Esslemont. She stayed in Modley House for eight years before moving into Ythanvale Care Home where she has stayed for the last two years.

Isabella’s children - Wilma and Sandy - were among the family who joined in with the celebrations.

Wilma Smith said: “My mum does crosswords and can beat me sometimes - she puts me to shame. She wears nice jewellery and has some lovely dresses. She has had so many illnesses over the years including phenomena - but always seems to bounce back. My dad, Alex, passed away in 1979 after his retirement and she has stayed on her own since.”

Isabella has two children, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren including one who has been named after her.