'Christian faith' helps woman reach 100th birthday
A WOMAN whose Christian faith has been an enduring factor in her life has celebrated her 100th birthday.
To celebrate the occasion 30 members of Marjorie Greenhalgh’s family gathered at Longsight Lodge, in Harwood.
It included a mass, which was led by family member Father Bernard Charnock, a priest from Flixton and video messages from family members in New Zealand. It also included a telegram from the Queen.
Mrs Greenhalgh, nee Yates, was born on October 23, 1913, and spent her childhood in Sapling Street with her four siblings and mum Margaret and dad Lancelot.
She attended St Peter and Paul's RC Primary and after leaving school aged 14, worked in the ladies’ department at the Bolton Co-operative.
She married husband, William, in 1938 at St Ethelbert's Church and had a honeymoon in Ilfracombe.
They named their new home in Hardy Mill Road after the North Devon hotel where they had spent some happy times.
Mrs Greenhalgh went to work at Miss Kenyon's, a ladies’ fashion shop for many years.
Her daughter, Barbara, said: “She worked there until she retired but saw many changes in people's fashion sense during the 1960s which she thought were 'ridiculous'.”
Her brother Bernard was killed clearing landmines in Malta in the latter days of the Second World War William, her husband, died in 1964.
The couple had two daughters, Barbara and Pauline, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Mrs Greenhalgh has been an active member of the Bolton Catholic Operatic Society and has enjoyed dancing, walking and travelling the world.
Barbara added: “When we ask her, she says she can't understand why she has lived so long but says it's because she has been so active and was so busy since the death of my father.
“However, her faith and her religion have always been uppermost in her mind and the mass to celebrate her birthday, she said, was more important than the party. Although in the end she enjoyed both.”
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