Former nurse Marjorie celebrates 100th birthday
THE last surviving member of a family of six children has celebrated her 100th birthday.
Marjorie Ruberry was born on November 30 1912 at Alexandra Maternity Hospital in Plymouth.
She lived at Warleigh Avenue and Beatrice Avenue with her extended family before settling in Fitzroy Terrace.
Her parents owned a shop in Albert Road as well as properties in Seaton, Cornwall.
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Marjorie attended Johnston Terrace School before going on to train as a student nurse, qualifying as a general nurse in 1940. After volunteering for war service she worked as a military nursing sister from 1943 in the deserts of North Africa enduring arduous working and living conditions under canvas. She still enjoys regular visits from the son of one of her patients from this time.
After the war Marjorie joined the QARRNS naval nursing service as a nursing sister at the Royal Naval Hospital back home in Plymouth.
In 1948 she qualified as a midwife and later as a health visitor working for Plymouth City Council. Her visits to families and schools as a school nurse will be remembered by many Plymothians, say her family.
She retired in 1972, when she joined a walking group, continued to travel and looked after her mother. Her travels included visits to family in Australia, Canada and in 1963 to South Africa, where she worked at a gold mining hospital, her nursing skills being so valued they begged her to stay.
Later in life Marjorie moved to a house in College Dean Close, living there for many years until ill health necessitated a move to Norfolk villa Residential Home in 2005 and in 2011 to Woodland Villa Nursing Home.
Marjorie has always been an actively caring aunt to her ten nieces and nephews and their offspring and is loved by all of them.
Marjorie was particularly pleased to receive a "lovely" bouquet of flowers from Lord Mayor Cllr Mike Wright.