On St. Patrick’s Day Mae Collins of Shenorock will turn 107 years old and those who love her are sharing some information on her life and some of her wisdom. On March 11, she will continue a 10-year tradition and participate in the popular Mahopac-based St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Her longtime friend Caroline Dumont, who has known Mae since 1989 and refers to her as her adopted grandmother, sends along this history of Mae Collins to honor her near her birthday:
Mae was born in Bohola Co, Mayo, Ireland on March 17, 1905 and was the oldest of 10 children. She came to America through Ellis Island and arrived on Oct. 22, 1922. On Oct. 17, 1931, Mae married Martin Collins from Co. Limerick at St, Ignatius Loyola Church in Manhattan; Martin died in 1981.
Mae has two children, Peg Heslin and Marty Collins; eight grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren. She is a parishioner of St. John’s Parish, Mahopac.
“I have worked hard all my life.
I lead a regular life – get up at 8am and go to bed at 9 p.m.
I eat meals at the proper times.
I have a drink of rye and water every afternoon at 4 p.m.
I don’t bear any ill will to anyone.”
Mae still resides at her home, with the assistance of her aide Gloria. Last year Mae was at the Patterson Relay for Life — she is a breast cancer survivor of 20 years.