1911: King George V was crowned at Westminster Abbey, MPs voted to receive salaries for the first time and Mary Irene Brannick was born.
And on Monday, Mary celebrated her 104th birthday with some of her family at Market Rasen’s Waterloo House Care Home, where she has lived for the past 12 years.
“She has been very well cared for here at Waterloo House,” said Mary’s daughter-in-law Eileen Fisher.
“She has had lots of flowers and good wishes, but we are just spending her birthday in a quiet way with family dropping in through the day.”
Mary moved from her childhood home at Louth to Tealby when she married butcher Eric Fisher in 1939.
“She was seen as the ‘towny’ at first, but she had the attitude that nothing would stall her and she would have a go at anything,” added Eileen.
And when Eric was called to serve in World War Two, Mary picked up the gauntlet and ran the butcher’s business by herself.
“She did it all,” said son John.
“I was only a little lad and I would go with her on deliveries - sitting in the back of the van.”
And it is this strong-willed attitude to get things done that the family put Mary’s longevity down to.
“She has always believed in working hard,” said Eileen.
“Her mantra was ‘work doesn’t do you any harm’ and she has certainly shown that over the years.”