Mighty Mary beats coronavirus for the second time – in time for her 106th birthday

By Samara, 16, Jill Dando News

Wonder Woman Mary Nicholson has overcome Coronavirus for the second time to celebrate her 106th birthday celebrations.

She has incredibly survived two world wars and two Covid19 infections, and says she feels “healthier and happier” than ever.

Nicknamed “Polly”, the centenarian, a resident at Elizabeth Court Care Home in St Helen’s, Merseyside, described the feeling of coming out of isolation as a ‘lovely sensation, surrounded by cards and gifts.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain this morning she was laughing and joking with the presenters.

One of her carers, said “She is just a fighter and has been all her life.” Mary said her secret to long life was “good food and no men”.

“Polly”, who never married nor had children, is a former canteen cook and had been living a difficult life after losing her mum at the young age of 5 and tragically her father five years later.

She says that despite that, she always managed to keep her spirits up. 

She grew up with very little, with no husband or children but took care of her sister at the end of her life. 

Until the age of 102, she lived alone at her home in St Helens and would often joke that she had to help her neighbour do the shopping as she was ‘old and approaching 100’. 

Her niece Jean told the Liverpool Echo: “Despite seeing two world wars, Mary has worked so hard and persevered every day. She still inspires me today.”