Mary, 105, marks another year with sister Minnie, 99

Mary Idle (right) celebrating her 105th birthday. She lives in the same home as her sister Minnie Hick, who is 99 years old (left).
Mary Idle (right) celebrating her 105th birthday. She lives in the same home as her sister Minnie Hick, who is 99 years old (left).

LONGEVITY must be in the genes for a pair of Methley sisters who this week celebrated a combined age of 204.

Mary Idle, who reached her 105th birthday on Tuesday, marked the occasion with a tea party at Oaklands residential home where she lives with sister, Minnie Hick, who turned 99 in March.

They were joined by family members including granddaughter, Leanne Preval, who said: “Nana’s fantastic, she’s the most loving grandmother you could ever meet. I spent a lot of time with her when I was little and she’s very easy going.

“Everybody loves her. When she was 100, she got more than 90 cards. She got a telegram from the Queen on her birthday. That’s the second one, she thought it was impressive.”

Mrs Idle has two children, four grandchildren and six grandchildren. She moved to the residential home on Pinfold Lane in March after living in her own home for 104 years.

Mrs Preval, 37, said the green-fingered pensioner was a keen gardener until she left her home of 60 years, which she shared with late husband, Harold.

Sister, Mrs Hick, moved from Rothwell to the residental home last Christmas and has four children, six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Mrs Preval said: “They see each other every day. The giggle all the time when they’re together, they’re like teenagers again. They’ve got their own rooms but they’ve moved on to the same dinner table now.

“They both have brandy or Baileys in a cup of tea twice a day. Auntie Minnie had the bottle of Baileys out when I got there for the party on Tuesday.

“She says that’s the secret to growing old.”