SHE’S the last surviving of 13 siblings and has recently become a great great grandmother.
Mercy Brierley, known as Mary, celebrated her 100th birthday at home in Well Close on October 18.
Several of her Canadian relatives had saved up to fly across the pond especially for the occasion.
Still chatty and alert in her second century of life, Mary told the Gazette what Eastcote had been like when she first moved there in 1939.
“It will never be like it was before,” she said. “Between here and Victoria Road there was just a country lane. I watched the school in Southbourne Gardens being built, and then I watched it get knocked down.”
Mary also explained how her husband had left her after returning from the Second World War, forcing her to raise their two children alone.
Mary worked as a telephone operator for the Post Office from the age of 14, and retired 46 years later as a telephone engineer for Directory Enquiries. She then spent 30 years volunteering at the Tudor Club.
Daughter Christine emigrated to Canada but returns twice yearly to visit. Son John lives down the road in Stanmore.
Mary has 11 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter, Phoebe, born 18 months ago.
The centenarian added: “I have seen a lot and I remember a lot.”