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Marvellous Marjorie celebrates special centenary birthday
Wednesday 9th January 2019 @ 16:01 by Tom Greggan
Hyde News Tameside

Family and friends gathered to celebrate the birthday milestone of one special lady.

Marjorie Morris celebrated her 100th birthday at her home in Hyde surrounded by her loved ones.

Marjorie was born in 1919 in Levenshulme. She had an older brother, Norman and a younger brother, David. She lived in Hertfordshire for a while, but has spent most of her life in Greater Manchester.

As a youngster Marjorie loved to listen to music and spent her teenage years gathering with friends to enjoy musical evenings singing around the piano. Her favourite song was ‘When I Grow Too Old to Dream,’ which remained so throughout her life.

She joined the WAF and worked in admin as a leading aircrafts woman for three and half years. She trained along Morecambe promenade and thought she’d see the world, but ended up based in Wigan!

Marjorie Morris celebrated her 100th birthday last week.

Marj met her husband Mel during her last year in the WAF and it was love at first sight. After only three weeks they were engaged.

Mel went to Kuala Lumpur with the RAF. When he came out he was expected to get involved in the family business in Ireland, but his love for Marj made him want to stay close to her, so they married and after six years their daughter Sally came along.

When Sally was aged four they went to Canada, but after two years came back, as Marj was homesick. Marjorie then stayed at home to look after Sally.

She also had the joy of welcoming grandson Daniel to the family. Marjorie’s family said she spent many hours sat on the floor playing with Daniel’s train sets, always sending the trains the wrong way!

Marj and Mel spent lots of holidays in Scarborough, enjoying the orchestral concerts held at The Spa.

A family member said: “They were very happy and always showed that love to one another throughout their married life. If they rowed they would soon find a way of laughing their way through it and would never go to bed on an argument.”

Marj went back to secretarial work at the age of 49.

Sadly Mel died suddenly when Marj was 59. She decided to become a counsellor for bereavement organisation Cruse which was also good therapy for herself.

She found comfort by joining a Christian Fellowship group, enjoying social events, outings, plays (some of which Marj wrote) and had lots of laughs.

Marj has enjoyed dancing, yoga, reading, letter writing and living a spiritually led life.

The family member added: “Through the years Marj has had many ups and downs with her health, but her faith has been constant and has seen her through these times with such positivity.

“Everyone who meets Marj falls in love with her, as she is full of fun, very interesting to chat to, caring of other people and has a lovely twinkle in her eyes.

“She also has a special love and understanding of people and never judges. If anything, she will always put herself in other people’s shoes so she can help them whenever she can.

“She is very independent and although she now needs more help she never gives up on trying to do as much as she can for herself.

“Marj is a very special person, bringing joy to so many people’s lives and is definitely one in a million. In fact, Marj is amazing.”