When Balhousie Glens care home asked its residents to share their wishes for 2021, one in particular stood out.
The words of Kathleen Mills, 88, were startling in their simplicity: “Wish for a better year,” she wrote on the whiteboard, summing up the sentiment of everyone after the challenging and emotional year we’ve had.
Kathleen’s positive words were not a surprise to staff at the home in Edzell, Angus. Known for her signature bright colours and in particular her wide array of crocheted hats, Kathleen – also known as Micky or Kathy – is a positive force to be around, says The Glens’ Home Manager Jacqueline Donley.
“Kathy loves listening to music and chatting with staff. She keeps up with everyone’s lives and always asks after our family members. She’s just lovely to be around,” says Jacqueline.
A former teacher, she enjoys spending time on her laptop and iPhone to keep in touch with her family members. Daughter Cheryl Williamson, who lives close by, says: “Mum’s brighter than we are! We miss our daily visits and excursions but she’s very aware of the technology for keeping in touch and has daily Facetime calls.”
Kathy, who followed Cheryl to the Angus area with her husband George, adds: “It has been a hard 2020. We need to look forwards and hope for a better 2021.”
Kathy was born in India and moved back to the UK to live in Middlesex. She joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service as an Air Radio Mechanic for four years them met George. They travelled around the UK for George’s career; he was in the Navy for 32 years.
A mother of four, Kathy went into teaching which she did for 21 years. Kathy retired at 62 and lived life to the full, dancing, reading and spending lots of time with their grandchildren.
George had spent four years at The Glens before he passed away. Kathy has been a resident since last year. She says of living in Angus: “I love Edzell and it has made me feel at home.”
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