100 year old says clean living and faith are key to a long and happy life

Cavell Court care home celebrates the 100th birthday of popular resident, Marjorie King.

Cavell Court care home celebrates the 100th birthday of popular resident, Marjorie King. - Credit: Simon Finlay Photgraphy

Clean living and faith are the key ingredients to a long and happy life according to centenarian Marjorie King who has just celebrated her 100th birthday.

Ms King celebrated the impressive milestone surrounded by family, friends and residents at the Cavell Court care home in Norwich where she moved to in July last year following a fall at home.

The popular resident was presented with a bouquet of her favourite flowers and some cake at a special celebration at the Dragonfly Lane home on Wednesday, April 5.

Revealing the secret to living to 100, Ms King said: 'There is no secret really, clean living certainly helps but for me, my faith played a big part.'

Samantha Woods, customer relations manager at Cavell Court, said: 'We always like to make an occasion of birthdays, and Marjorie's 100th is no exception. We made sure that she had a great day and her family presented her with a special birthday cake to mark the milestone. It was lovely to be joined by Marjorie's family and friends to celebrate such a special occasion.'


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Born in Norwich on April 5 1917, Ms King was the fourth child of George and Ethel King who went onto have three more children.

Ms King had a thirst for knowledge and went on to study at Kings College London in 1936, gaining a BSc in botany.

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During the Second World War Ms King taught science at a school in Canterbury but following the war went onto join the London Missionary Society.

She was appointed principal of Papauta Girls School in Apia, Western Samoa and remained there for 15 years before returning to Norfolk to live with her two sisters, Winnie and Dorothy.

Ms King, whose main hobby was maintaining her beloved garden, never married, but enjoyed the company of her two nieces and five nephews and their children including; eight great nephews and nieces, and 13 great-great nephews and nieces.

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