Record holder dies aged 105 fol­low­ing a fall

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Paulstainton - By Kenmcer­lain

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.

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