Lodge members hail centenarian Lizzy ‘a true ambassador for the institution’

Pictured at Sister Lizzy Hanna's 100th birthday party are Lisnagarvey WLOL 207 members - Back row, l-r: Sister Jenny Palmer, Sister Marie Dean, Sister Dorothery McCallister, Sister Lyndsay Donaghy WM, Sister Joanne Lavery, Sister Rachel Keenan and Sister Norma Coulter. Front row, l-r: Sister Winnie Ferguson, Sister Lizzy Hanna, Sister June Dalzell and Sister Marlene Smyth.
Pictured at Sister Lizzy Hanna's 100th birthday party are Lisnagarvey WLOL 207 members - Back row, l-r: Sister Jenny Palmer, Sister Marie Dean, Sister Dorothery McCallister, Sister Lyndsay Donaghy WM, Sister Joanne Lavery, Sister Rachel Keenan and Sister Norma Coulter. Front row, l-r: Sister Winnie Ferguson, Sister Lizzy Hanna, Sister June Dalzell and Sister Marlene Smyth.

Members of Lisnagarvey WLOL 207 got together recently to help Sister Lizzy Hanna celebrate a remarkable milestone, her 100th birthday.

The lodge’s celebration took place a couple of weeks before Sister Hanna officially became a centenarian on May 27.

Sister Lizzy Hanna, who celebrated her 100th birthday on May 27.

Sister Lizzy Hanna, who celebrated her 100th birthday on May 27.

Lizzy Hanna was born on May 27, 1918 and has lived all her life in the borough of Lisburn.

She married Lisburn man Robert Hanna and they lived most of their married life in the Low Road area of the town.

When Robert sadly passed away, Lizzy moved to the Old Warren area of the town.

A remarkable woman, Lizzy is the mother of 11 children, a grandmother, great grandmother and a great, great grandmother. Sister Hanna joined the Women’s Orange Institution in November 1970. She was a member of WLOL 76 until 2002 when she transferred into WLOL 207 and has been an active member of the Lisnagarvey Lodge for the past 16 years.

Congratulating Sister Hanna on reaching the remarkable milestone, a spokesperson for Lisnagarvey WLOL 207 commented: “We celebrated Sister Hanna’s birthday a couple of weeks early, on May 2, as we as a lodge wanted to celebrate on our lodge night.

“Lizzy rarely misses a lodge meeting and even though she is unable to parade now she still attends Orange Order church services and accompanies us in a mini bus to the demonstration field on of 12th of July.

“She is a dedicated member and a true ambassador for the institution; Lizzy certainly gives the younger members a run for their money and we are all so proud of her and admire her stamina.”