How to turn a century

HAPPY DAY: Marjorie Anthony celebrated her 100th with family and friends. Photo Lynne Mowbray
HAPPY DAY: Marjorie Anthony celebrated her 100th with family and friends. Photo Lynne Mowbray

IF you're going to live past 100, you would like to do it like South Grafton's Marjorie Anthony.

Born 100 years ago today, Marjorie lives in her home in William St, where she has lived more than half her life and still catches the bus over to town several times a week.

Still with clear memories stretching back to her childhood - she remembers her family moving to the Clarence from Sydney in an "old tub" of a steamboat when she was five.

She only now admits to being a "bit dithery".

On Saturday 60 relatives and friends came from far and wide to celebrate the big day, which went off like clockwork.

Marjorie's eldest son, Brian said the event caused some headaches in the planning, but on Saturday "it just gelled".

Marjorie puts her ability to live an independent and active life on her 100th birthday down to her active lifestyle and a healthy diet.

"We didn't own a car until 1954," she said. "We rode a horse or walked."

But modern life had not been a big improvement as far as providing services.

"When I was a girl you could get anything home delivered - bread, milk, green groceries, meat," she said.

"Now I need home delivery, I can't get it."

Marjorie has outlived two husbands; Charlie Craig, a descendant of Grafton trailblazer Richard Craig and Stanley 'Max' Anthony.

She has three children: Brian, Janice and Gary.

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