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HAPPY RETURNS: Isa with SLC Provost Eileen Logan and Deputy Lord Lieutenant John McKenzie.
HAPPY RETURNS: Isa with SLC Provost Eileen Logan and Deputy Lord Lieutenant John McKenzie.
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It was an extra special day for well known Bellshill woman Isa Rodgers last week as she celebrated reaching her 100th birthday.

Albina, better known as Isa, was born at home in Hattonrig Terrace, Bellshill, which was a row of miners’ houses, on 27 June 1913, the youngest of a family of six of which she is the last surviving member.

Her parents were Lithuanian immigrants who came to Scotland, her father finding work as a coal miner in the Hattonrig Pit. As the manager couldn’t spell his Lithuanian surname Samallionus he gave him the name Miller.

As a young girl Isa worked in the Bellshill hosiery before marrying her first husband Joe Wright and, after living in a rented room in Motherwell, they moved to 15 Hattonrig Terrace, only a few doors from where she was born. It was here that she gave birth to her two sons, Ronnie in April 1941 and Joseph in April 1948.

She left Scotland when she remarried, moving to Luton where she lived happily until her husband Tony Rodgers died. By this time her two sons Ronnie and Joseph were both married and, wanting to be near them and her three grandchildren, she returned to Bellshill, to a council flat in North Road.

Isa celebrated her centenary at the Whitehills Care Home in East Kilbride, where she is now a resident, received the congratulations of South Lanarkshire Provost Eileen Logan and Deputy Lord Lieutenant John McKenzie.