Two World Wars, 47 grandchildren and 105 years of caring for family – happy birthday Mary!

105 year old Mary Peel celebrating her birthday with family members.
105 year old Mary Peel celebrating her birthday with family members.

A GREAT-GREAT-GRANDMOTHER who has lived through two World Wars has celebrated a milestone birthday.

Mary Peel turned 105 yesterday and was thrown a party, surrounded by family and friends.

Mary was living independently right up until she was 102, but for the past three years has lived at the Abbotts Court Care Home, in Wheatley Hill.

She was born Mary Scott in Coxhoe and worked in service, before marrying Trimdon man John Gray Peel, a miner.

The couple moved away to Stoke for John’s work, but moved back to the area in 1977, when John retired, to Peterlee, then Trimdon Grange.

Sadly, John passed away in 1986, aged 79.

The couple have seven children, Frank Peel, Joan Welsh, Mary Mould, Valerie Boast, and she survives her deceased children Bernard, John and Betty Griffiths.

Mary also has 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Mary received a telegram from the Queen as well as numerous cards from family and friends.

Her daughter Valerie, who lives in Stoke, said: “She has looked after us well over the years.”

Daughter-in-law Yvonne Peel, of Trimdon, whose late husband Bernard is Valerie’s twin, said: “I think she has been a hard worker all her life, she has never sat and just done nothing.

“She loved baking, including making her own bread, practically until she came in here, and knitting too.”