Jean reaches her 100th

Jean celebrated her 100th birthday with her family
Jean celebrated her 100th birthday with her family
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Centenarian Jean Fraser said she’s enjoying a long and happy life with the secret being good, honest hard work.

Mrs Fraser, who celebrated her landmark birthday yesterday (Wednesday), was surrounded by family and friends as she received her official telegram from The Queen.

And she said she was looking forward to a larger family party at Larbert’s Caledonian Care Home where she’s lived since February.

She said: “I’ve had a good, happy life. It’s been down to hard work.

“I’ve a good family who take care of me, every one of them.

“But I didn’t expect anything like this today.”

Born Jane Gillies on September 25, 1913, in Dysart in Fife, Jean was the youngest of four children born to David and Margaret Gillies.

She met her future husband, John Fraser, when she was just 16 during a summer outing.

The couple married in Kirkcaldy in 1933 when Jean was 20, initially living in Dysart.

Over the next nine years, the couple had their three children - Margaret, Betty and Ian.

During her career, Jean worked in a bookbinders in Kirkcaldy before the family moved from Fife to the Falkirk area.

John worked at the Stein’s clay mine in Bonnybridge, and the family settled in Longcroft.

Jean worked for Douglas Brickwork in Bonnybridge, Stirling Royal Infirmary as a ward orderly, and finally at a foundry in Cumbernauld.

Over the years, the Frasers lived in Balfour Street and High Street in Bonnybridge and finally Larbert Road before Jean moved to Tullibody to be near her daughter Betty and her husband Bert.

After retiring, Jean was caretaker of the pavillion at Bonnybridge Junior Football Club.

Her family say John was officially the caretaker but that Jean did the work - with John the one picking up the pay cheque!

After a spell in Forth Valley Royal Hospital in 2012, Jean moved to Airthrey Care Home before moving to Larbert.

Jean has four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.