Marjorie raises a glass to a century

NBENLM110809B1 - Holbrook residential home, Julia Edwards with her mum Marjorie Wootton who is celebrating her 100th birthday
NBENLM110809B1 - Holbrook residential home, Julia Edwards with her mum Marjorie Wootton who is celebrating her 100th birthday

A REMARKABLE woman from Holbrook, who was a first aid volunteer during the Second World War, has celebrated her landmark 100th birthday.

Marjorie Wootton, who lives at Holbrook Hall Residential Home, marked the milestone with a family party.

Born in Derby in August, 1911, Marjorie excelled in school and won a scholarship to Parkfields Cedars School in the city.

When she left school she started working in the chief accountant’s department at Derby Midland Station.

She later worked for Derbyshire Building Society.

A keen church-goer, Marjorie was an active member of King Street Methodist Church in Derby, where she belonged to the guild, the choir and both the tennis and badminton clubs.

She met her husband Ronald when he came to Derby to teach and joined the same church.

In fact, the couple were married at the church in 1939.

During the Second World War, Marjorie trained in first aid and acted as a volunteer for the St John’s Ambulance association.

Marjorie has two daughters, Julia and Rosemary. The whole family attended St John’s Methodist Church in Allestree, which is where both daughters were married.

A very family-orientated lady, Marjorie enjoys seeing her two grandchildren, Louise and Chris, and also follows the lives of her wider family with a keen interest.

She also discovered, relatively late in life, an artistic talent and was, for more than 30 years, a member of Derby Women’s Art Club. She also had pictures in three Derby Silver Palette exhibitions.

Her artistic skills also extended to flower arranging and she was flower secretary at St John’s Church for seven years.

Marjorie lived a very independent life until aged in her mid 90s and has lived at Holbrook Hall since April 2007.