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All smiles as Eye care home resident Marie celebrates 102nd birthday

Laughter really is the best medicine, according to a woman who has celebrated her 102nd birthday.

Marie Still, who was born in Rotherhithe, London, in 1922, put her long life down to having a good sense of humour.

“I enjoyed celebrating my birthday, but I still cannot believe I am 102,” she said. “It was an emotional, but enjoyable, day.

Marie Still of the Hartismere Place Care Home who has celebrated her 102nd birthday. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Marie Still of the Hartismere Place Care Home who has celebrated her 102nd birthday. Picture: Mark Bullimore

Family and friends attended Hartismere Place Care Home, in Castleton Way, Eye, to celebrate the occasion, enjoying a birthday cake prepared by the head chef.

“I loved my party and enjoyed spending time with my family and friends,” said Mrs Still. “My favourite part was being surrounded by people that love and care for me.”

During the Second World War, Mrs Still repaired goods at a time when supplies shrank due to a lack of foreign imports.

Kayleigh Olsson, Dana Lea, Marie Still and Carol Nice. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Kayleigh Olsson, Dana Lea, Marie Still and Carol Nice. Picture: Mark Bullimore

She recalled putting notes into parcels to say good luck, and how sometimes she would get messages back.

When the office that Mrs Still worked in was bombed, she was relocated to Milton Court in Surrey, where she would attend dances in the village hall.

While she was working in a warehouse during the war, she met her future husband, Bernard. They eventually got married and had a daughter, Jane.

Mrs Still continued to work until she was 95, with roles as a dinner lady and teaching sewing lessons.

Claire Martin, the home’s manager, said: “It was an honour to celebrate Marie’s birthday with her.

“She is a beloved resident at Hartismere Place and we all had a lovely time acknowledging this tremendous milestone.

“Everything we do centres around supporting residents to live fulfilling lives, which is why we are eager to mark special occasions. Marie’s 102nd birthday was no exception; it was a delight to hear her sound advice for living a long and happy life.”

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