Marjorie celebrates 100 years
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.