Record holder dies aged 105 following a fall
A“remarkable” Peterborough womanhas died aged 105 - months after being named as one of the oldest siblings in the world. Marjorie Ruddle passed away onBoxingDayattheParkHouse Nursing Home in Peterborough, days after suffering a fall.
In June last year Marjorie andhersisterDorothyRichards ( 108), who lives at a care home in Stamford, were officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest siblings in the world, with a combined age of 213.
The pair celebrated with a special tea party at Park House attended by scores of friends and different generations of their family.
Marjorie’s daughter Pat Comber said that her family were saddened by her passing but were also extremely proud of her.
Mrs Comber said: “She suffered a fall and had to go to hospital but sadly at her age she couldn’trecoverfromtheshock of it.
“Marjorie was taken back to Park House, andmyfamily were able to visit her before she passed away.
“She was a truly remarkable womanandevenat such a great age she wasvery on the ball and liked to know what was going on.
“Weare all extremely proud of her and when she and Dorothy got the world record it was a such a nice occasion.
“It made headlines around the world and I know Marjorie felt proud as well.
“My family would like to thank all the staff at Park House for the wonderful care they have given Marjorie over the years.”
Marjorie and Dorothy were both born and brought up in Northampton.
Marjorie married her first husband Dr James Robertson Willis in Northampton in 1932.
The couple later moved to Peterborough where he had a practice in Lincoln Road. They had three children, two boys - Keith and Tom and a girl, Pat.
Five yearsafterherhusband died Marjorie married Alan Ruddle, an architect, who had a practice in Peterborough.
Mrs Comber described her mother as a formerly keen tennis player, whohadseveralhobbies including gardening and sewing.
A funeral date for Marjorie has yet to be arranged.
Marjorie Ruddle showing off her card from the Queen during the celebrations for her 105 birthday.