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A GREAT great grandmother from Solihull celebrates her 100th birthday this weekend.

Florence Murphy, who lives at Rayner House care home in Damson Parkway, was born on September 23, 1912.

Florence Murphy, who lives at Rayner House care home in Damson Parkway, was born on September 23, 1912.

She lost her first husband Charles Tongue in the Blitz when only child Pauline was just 18 months old. She married Joseph Murphy when Pauline was seven and the couple shared many happy years together until he sadly passed away 33 years ago, aged 66.

Daughter Pauline said her ‘born and bred’ Brummie mother, who previously lived in Small Heath and Sheldon, had always been ‘a very independent-minded person’.

“They are very pleased with her at Rayner. They’re amazed how good she is for her age.

“She never smoked and never drank a lot. She likes her gravy dinners. She was a plain cook but good. But who knows what her secret is....”

Sprightly Florence has one grandson, two great granddaughters and two great, great grandchildren with another on the way.

 

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