Jean shows you’re only as old as you think you are

Jean Miller (front, centre) with friends from Slamannan SWRI celebrating her 90th birthday
Jean Miller (front, centre) with friends from Slamannan SWRI celebrating her 90th birthday
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A remarkable Braes woman is the envy of people half her age and proving that the years are no barrier to living life to the full.

Jean Miller turned 90 last Sunday but she’s not letting that get in the way of enjoying herself.

She has an active style of social and working lives that is not usually associated with nanogenarians.

Jean, still works part-time three days a week in the trendy Vidal Sassoon hairdressing salon in Glasgow’s upmarket Princes Square, making clients comfortable before they get styled.

She attends keep fit classes every week to stay in shape and is still an active member of Slamannan Scottish Women’s Rural Institute, a labour of love she has enjoyed for around 50 years.

She told The Falkirk Herald this week she has no plans to slow down.

Jean said: “There are still too many things I want to do and see.”

“I grew up in Slamannan and I’m very proud to be a member of Slamannan SWRI. It’s a fabulous group with great people that helps keep me young.

“When I was growing up we had to fetch water from a well and walk a mile-and-a-half to school. I always remember eating an egg every day too. Maybe that’s a secret to living longer.”

The go-getter is now planning a trip to Amsterdam to visit Anne Frank’s house, one of her ‘bucket list’ ambitions.

When she was in her sixties she took advanced driving lessons.

Colleagues from Slamannan SWRI presented her with a special award on Tuesday to honour her many years of service and celebrate her birthday.

President Jane Miller said: “We are thrilled to have a member as active as Jean. She is a fount of knowledge and very popular.

“We are all envious of her zest for life and it shows you can live a full life at any age. She is an inspiration.”

In a milestone week for Jean she also celebrated the 70th anniversary of her wedding to husband Johnny yesterday (Wednesday). He sadly passed away 34 years ago.

The couple had one son Alick, who is himself now 65, and their two grandsons Andrew and Alan who are 30 and 28 respectively.