Marjorie was young at heart until the end

Enjoying a Flapper party at Armthorpe Community Centre, in celebration of Marjorie Thorley's 100th birthday are L-R daughter Pam Harrison, birthday girl Marjorie, and daughter Gill Carr. Picture: Liz Robinson D4795LR
Enjoying a Flapper party at Armthorpe Community Centre, in celebration of Marjorie Thorley's 100th birthday are L-R daughter Pam Harrison, birthday girl Marjorie, and daughter Gill Carr. Picture: Liz Robinson D4795LR

A 103-YEAR-OLD - thought to be the area’s oldest woman - has died after a short illness.

Marjorie Thorley. of Balby, was described as the life and soul of the party by her family, which added despite her advancing years she never lost her passion for life or her naughty sense of humour.

Daughter Pam Harrison, said: “She would always tell us stories about her childhood as you had to make your own entertainment then.

“She was always leading her brother Noel into trouble.

“Once she led him up the fire escape to the skylight with a white sheet and they banged on the roof when a seance was on - everyone ran out screaming.”

Mrs Thorley was born in Derbyshire but moved to Thorne as a child.

After training as a secretary she worked at Rowlands Furniture collecting payments on her bike, before leaving work to marry Arthur and start a family.

And after her husband’s death four decades ago, Marjorie managed to live independently until she had a fall three weeks before Christmas.

After the fall she was cared for at Mexborough Montagu Hospital before being taken to Tickhill Road Hospital, where she lost a battle with bronchitis.

Mrs Thorley had four children, seven grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren and even a great-great-great nephew.

And on her 100th birthday in October 2008, her family threw her a 1920s themed party as her teen years were the happiest of her life.

Mrs Harrison added: “She loved playing the piano when she was young, but never took her final exams because she was out with her friends.

“Her real passion was her family, and children. I think she would have liked to have been a teacher and worked with young people, but it wasn’t what you did in those days.”

She also had a passion for ballroom dancing, flower arranging and other crafts.

Mrs Thorley’s funeral takes place at Rose Hill Crematorium at 2.30pm on Tuesday.