Alex Evans, Reporter
Sunday, October 13, 2013
A SCOTTISH-born Westonian who had a top golf trophy named after her has celebrated becoming a centurion.
Betty Butler, of Beach Lawns Residential and Nursing Home, marked turning 100 with family, friends and fellow residents.
The keen golfing enthusiast played the sport from the age of seven until she was 82, and saw a Weston Golf Club trophy which is still contested today named after her – the Betty Butler Cup.
The golf course also shaped her life in another way – it was out on the green that Betty found her husband, John Butler, in 1948.
Betty was born in Stirling, north of the border, but her family relocated to Weston in the 1920s.
She had a younger sister, Erin, and two younger brothers, Douglas and George, but both died in World War Two.
Betty said: “I’m really not sure why I’ve lived so long. I suppose I could put it down to lots of fresh air and keeping active.
“I’ve never been a drinker or a smoker, but enjoyed a happy and healthy life with family and friends around me and always loved playing golf.”
Beach Lawns manager Richard Sayer said: “Betty is a lovely lady who still takes a keen interest in all that’s going on in the world. All the residents and team at Beach Lawns are very fond of her.
“She is well known in the local community, especially in the golfing community, for her dedication and love for the sport.
“We were all thrilled to celebrate such a special birthday with her.”