Norfolk-born woman dies at the incredible age of 109

PUBLISHED: 09:43 08 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:20 08 November 2017

Marjorie Milliss has died aged 109. This picture shows her as a young woman. Do you recognise the beach? Could it be Cromer?  Picture: Barbara Thorpe

Marjorie Milliss has died aged 109. This picture shows her as a young woman. Do you recognise the beach? Could it be Cromer? Picture: Barbara Thorpe


One of the oldest women in England, who was Norfolk born-and-bred, has died at the remarkable age of 109.

King Edward VII was on the throne and the First World War was still seven years away when Marjorie Milliss was born in north Norfolk.

Her maiden name was Catten and she was one of 13 children born to Fred and Ellen.

She spent her early years in a farm cottage on the Stody Estate, near Melton Constable.

The family later moved to a semi-detached cottage at the bottom of Ramsgate Street, Edgefield.

Her niece Barbara Thorpe said: “Sadly, during the Second World War one of Marjorie’s three brothers, Charles, was killed during the Market Garden Operation, in Arnhem, Holland.

“Marjorie herself was a victim of the war as her house suffered damage during a bombing raid.

“As was usual in those years, Marjorie had to leave her beloved Norfolk to seek employment elsewhere in the UK.

“She met and married her husband, Joe Milliss and they settled with their daughter, Pamela, in Middlesex.

“Marjorie returned to Norfolk with her family whenever she could. In later life she would travel alone by taxi to stay and meet up with her sisters and brothers. She was a widow for 57 years.

“Marjorie’s brother, George Catten, is the only surviving child of the family remaining and is now aged 91.”

She was born on December 3, 1907 and died on June 25.

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