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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Fifth generation of Millom family as girl is born

A 93-YEAR-OLD Millom woman who was born two months prematurely never thought she would be the head of a five-generation family.

Hilda Mason, who turned 93 on December 29, became a great, great grandmother two months ago.

Despite both her parents being “unlucky” with their health and dying before they turned 50, and her three siblings dying before 80, she is still in good health.

Her secret is that she has never been a drinker or a smoker and has always had “plenty of fresh air” through her years.

Mrs Mason, who lives on her own, hoped she would live to see her grandchildren, but never thought she would get the chance to see her great, great grandchildren born.

She said: “I’ve always got plenty of fresh air and never lost my appetite. I’ve always been a good eater and I just keep going on through life.

“I try to stay active in the day and do a bit of dusting and light cleaning, but I do get my dinners delivered fortnightly.

“I can stick a roast in the oven, but it’s too heavy to get it out after, which is not good.”

Mrs Mason’s mum passed away when she was 38 and her dad in his 40s.

She added: “I never thought I would be the head of a family with this many generations.”

Mrs Mason’s brother died when he was 43 and both sisters died in their 70s.

She added: “I really couldn’t account for it. You hope to see your grandchildren, but I have watched my great granddaughter grow up and have a daughter of her own. We stay close and are still very much a family.

“I really couldn’t say how I’ve lived so long. I never ever thought I would because I was born two months premature.

“My dad said I was so tiny he could have put me in a pint pot. And both my parents were a bit unlucky with their health and I’m still here.”

Her daughter, Barbara Sherburn, 66, of Ruskin Close, said: “She still goes to weekly bingo. She’s very independent.”

The next generation is Mrs Sherburn’s son, Brian Scott Sherburn, 46, then his daughter Kelly Sherburn, 19, and then her daughter Maddison May Paine, two months.

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