Mar­jorie cel­e­brates 100 years

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Toko­roa LifeCare res­i­dent Mar­jorie Kelso has seen it all.

Plans are cur­rently in mo­tion to cel­e­brate the for­mer Mangakino lo­cal’s 100th birthday with fam­ily and friends at the end of this month.

Mar­jorie was born on Oc­to­ber 31, 1912.

‘‘I was an am­bu­lance driver dur­ing the war in Lon­don,’’ she said last week.

‘‘I got my first driv­ing li­cence when I was 15.

‘‘We had to drive am­bu­lances for a bit of prac­tice . . . Ger­many never got Lon­don, thank god.’’

Mar­jorie, orig­i­nally from Waltham­stow, Es­sex, moved to Mangakino at 30, with her hus­band, John, and their two sons John and Ken in 1951.

‘‘My hus­band got a job of­fer here that’s why we moved here.’’

Mar­jorie’s old­est son, Mangakino fire chief John Kelso, 70, said a birthday cel­e­bra­tion will be held on the big day and ex­tended fam­ily will help to cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion the fol­low­ing day.

When asked what she puts her longevity down to, Mar­jorie said: ‘‘I don’t know, touch wood,’’ as she knocked on her wooden ta­ble.

‘‘I have been pretty healthy all of my life.

‘‘I had a shop. I worked in a green gro­cers,’’ she said.

Mar­jorie was also a tal­ented tennis player in her younger days and when asked to rate her skills, with­out skip­ping a beat, she re­sponded: ‘‘I was pretty good. Yes, I be­longed to a club.’’

100 YEARS IN THE MAK­ING: Toko­roa LifeCare res­i­dent Mar­jorie Kelso with ad­min­is­tra­tor Re­becca Ward, will mark her 100th birthday on Oc­to­ber 31.

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