Centenarian gives a clue to her long life

Isa Waddell 100 yrs old, receiving a gift of flowers from Abbeyfield's CEO, Niall Paterson
Isa Waddell 100 yrs old, receiving a gift of flowers from Abbeyfield's CEO, Niall Paterson

A centenarian who has lived through 24 Prime Ministers, four reigning monarchs and the first solo flight across the Atlantic still has a zest for life.

As she sits in the conservatory of Abbeyfield House in Giffnock, you wouldn’t believe that Isa Waddell has just celebrated her 100th birthday.

A lifetime southsider Isa was born and brought up in Govanhill, attending Holy Cross Primary School. She then attended Strathbungo High Grade Secondary School, later known as Strathbungo Public School and now St Bride’s Primary.

An indication of the different times Isa grew up in, she left school at 14 and within two weeks was working full time as a fabric cutter.

She worked there until in her early thirties when Isa and husband George had their first child, a son, also George, followed by daughter Margaret.

While her husband was away at sea she sometimes had the chance to join him, while the children stayed with her brother and sister-in-law.

Despite having lived a full and well-travelled life, Isa is not convinced by society’s over reliance on technology,

A member of the church at Govanhill she shared her love of music by playing the piano for the brownies and the guides and being a Sunday school teacher.

Despite being very sociable and involved Isa is a very independent person and it wasn’t until she was 97 that she moved to Abbeyfield in 2013.

So what could be the secret to Isa’s good health and happiness? When we asked her she said: “For the rest of my life, I want to dance every night of the week!”