Marjorie King celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends at the Lithgow District Workmen’s Club on Saturday, April 14.
Marjorie, born in Lithgow, was the youngest in a family of four older brothers who loved and spoiled her.
She attended St Patricks Primary School in Lithgow before going on to Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta after winning a bursary.
Marjorie worked at Bassers department store in Lithgow in an accounting role while her husband Norm King was the editor of the Lithgow Mercury for forty years, but sadly died when he was in his 60’s.
Marjorie lived in her own home until she was 95 and currently resides in Tanderra Nursing Home in Lithgow.
“Although Aunty Marj’s sight and hearing is less than perfect her mind and wit is 100%. She has been an amazing Aunty and I can honestly say that if I was half the person she is I would be extremely proud,” Great niece Rebecca Francis said.
She has been loved very much by her family and friends. She really is an amazing person.Rebecca Francis
Marjorie received a papal blessing by Parish Priest, Father Gerry McKeown from St Patricks Lithgow at her celebrations.
She also received a plaque from the Pope, a letter from the Queen, a letter from Darren Chester the Minister of Veteran affairs, a letter from the Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, a card from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a teddy and cup from Our Lady of Mercy College, and letters from Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock, Premier Gladys Berejiklian, and Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee.
Ms King said she was shocked at how many people had turned up for her big day.
“Very pleased to see family today, I didn’t think all these people would turn up,” she said.
When asked what turning 100 means to her, Marjorie said it showed her just how loved she is.
“It’s no different to any other age I suppose, it’s just nice to know I have such nice people around and good friends with amazing memories to cherish,” Marjorie said.
“I used to have a photographic memory, though now my eyesight isn’t very good, but I can still use my memory.”
Marjorie's niece Maureen Francis agreed and said Marjorie was still the smartest person in the room.
“When Aunty Marj leaves the room, the IQ goes down,” she said.