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Madeline Charlesworth has lived in Buckhurst Hill since the Second World War
The family and friends of a bubbly 100-year-old woman turned out to celebrate her birthday.
St Michael’s Church Hall in Loughton was packed with well-wishers at Madeline Charlesworth’s party yesterday.
Mrs Charlesworth who has two children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren is described by her son Martin, 71, as "kind, lively and young for her years".
He said: “She’s more like a woman in her 80s. She does her own shopping and her own cooking.
“She would do anything for anyone.”
Mrs Charlesworth was born in Leytonstone on September 30, 1913, although she grew up in Abridge.
After marrying in 1939 she settled in Buckhurst Hill.
Mr Charlesworth says that his mum, who now lives in Albert Road, is a well-known in the district.
The centenarian has had many jobs at Loughton bus station and domestic posts, although she began an early career with her father as a printer.
He said: “She’s done all sorts. She keeps pretty active.
“Up until a few years ago she would make apple pies for the clubs that she goes to, she would say ‘I’m making them for the old people’ although they were younger than her.”
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