International party to mark great-grandmother's centenary

Rosine Murphy

Rosine Murphy

First published in News Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

REACHING 100 was certainly a milestone to remember for a Basingstoke great-grandmother whose son came from the other side of the world to join in a special family celebration.

Rosine Elizabeth Murphy, known as Rosie, celebrated the landmark birthday at Marnel Lodge Care Home, in Carter Drive, Popley last Sunday, joined by her son, Michael, and his wife, Karin, who flew from Australia for the celebrations.

After opening her birthday cards, including one from The Queen, Rosie celebrated reaching 100 by having a family party at the care home.

Rosie’s other son, Kenneth, her daughter Marion, son-in-law, John, and three of Rosie’s grandchildren were also at the party.

When asked what it feels like to be 100, Rosie told The Gazette: “I had a nice party and it was fantastic. I am a mixer and I like parties. I just take life as it comes and take whatever it throws at me.”

Rosie was born in Southwark, London on March 23, 1914, and moved to live with her grandmother in Bermondsey after her mother passed away giving birth to her.

It was there that she met her late husband, Patrick Murphy. The couple married in 1934 at Walworth Registry Office, in London and moved to Erith, Kent, after the Second World War.

They relocated to Basingstoke in 1970 to be near their sons, who also lived in the borough.

During their time in the town, they lived in Paddock Road, South Ham and Novello Close, Brighton Hill.

Rosie moved into Marnel Lodge in 2012 after Patrick died in February 2009.

Ann Hadley, activities co-ordinator at the home, said: “It is brilliant to have Rosie here. She lightens up my day and we always have a giggle.

“She always has a very quick remark to come back to you with and she always makes sure I am doing my job correctly. Without Rosie, the home wouldn’t be like it is today.”

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