Tribute to oldest Market Weston resident

Marjorie Brand celebrated her 101 birthday ANL-150927-190357009

Marjorie Brand celebrated her 101 birthday ANL-150927-190357009

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A great-grandmother, who was the oldest resident of a Suffolk village, has died aged 101.

Marjorie Brand lived independently in Barnham until she was 100 before moving back to her home village of Market Weston to live in her dad’s former workshop.

She celebrated her 101st - her ‘best birthday ever’ - surrounded by family, friends and neighbours this autumn. She missed out on her centenary celebrations last year following the death of her youngest sister Pam Smith.

Brother-in-law Gerry Smith, who lived with Mrs Brand in her final year, said: “She was a marvellous lady and a great joy to be with.”

Originally from Market Weston, her family lived in Primrose Cottage and her dad worked as a carpenter/joiner and village undertaker.

She went into domestic service at Riddlesworth Hall and worked for Sir Henry Croft, who was an MP. She married her husband Geoff and they settled in Troston. They had two children, Yvonne, who died aged 48 and Peter, who lives in Thetford. Her husband died aged 90.

Mrs Brand also leaves three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her funeral was due to be held yesterday at Troston Church.