Birthday celebrations for this 100-year-old Preston woman

Posted on - 30th October, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Avenham, People, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Proud Preston
Mary celebrating with her cake

A Prestonian who worked as an air raid warden in World War Two has celebrated her 100th birthday.


Mary Teresa O’Neill, who turned 100 on Saturday 23 October, was born in 1921 to James and Anne Cooper.

She grew up at 12 Paradise street, Avenham, before going on to teach children how to read and sew at St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School.

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Mary with her card from the Queen

Mary met her husband before WW2, marrying him on 3 June 1946 and having nine children. During the war, Mary worked as an ARP (Air Raid Precautions) warden.

On her birthday this year, Mary received a card from HRM Queen Elizabeth II.

Grandson Ed Atkinson wrote to Blog Preston to wish her a happy birthday.

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Mary served as an ARP during WW2

Mary now lives with her family in Preston.

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