Life still in the fast lane at 100 for Ada

Bingo-loving centenarian Ada Morris at a Saracen's Head session.
Bingo-loving centenarian Ada Morris at a Saracen's Head session.

LIVEWIRE Ada Morris still does all her own housework, goes to bingo three times a week, is happy to slot in the odd stint of baby sitting – and she celebrated her 100th birthday by holding open house Tuesday.

Family and friends poured through her door in Wilders Garth, Holbeach, for a day-long party and there will be a another big party on Sunday with a meal for 22 at Ada’s favourite restaurant, the Beijing Palace at Gedney.

Flowers, presents and cards – including a card from the Queen – filled the birthday girl’s home.

Born at Holbeach St Marks on 11.01.11 in the reign of George V, Ada went to school in Holbeach Hurn and then the girls’ school at Holbeach, leaving to go into service when she was just 14.

Her daughter, Eileen Keeble, said Ada first worked for Mr and Mrs Clark, the Holbeach ironmongers, as a live-in cook and cleaner.

She was 18 when she married George Morris at Long Sutton Register Office in 1929.

Following her marriage, Ada was a busy mum and housewife but also worked on the land – and she was still doing land work up to the age of 73.

Her husband, George, died in 1989. He spent his working life with the drainage board.

The couple had two girls, Eileen (67) and Joan Pentney (81), and a son, Brian, who died aged 67 in 2008.

She has four grandchildren – including Holbeach United player and town councillor Shaun Keeble – and five great-grandchildren.

Eileen said: “She goes to bingo three times a week, does her own housework, the washing and ironing, and she still looks after the grandkids if needed. She is very family orientated.”

June Taylor, who organises the bingo at Saracen’s Head Village Hall, said Ada is absolutely remarkable.

She said: “She is a marvellous lady, She still plays six books, which is quite a lot for her age, and she keeps up with it.”

An iced cake with candles and a basket of flowers were presented to Ada by her bingo pals at Saracen’s Head.

Ada attributes her long life to hard work.

She said: “I have always worked hard.

“When we first married we never had a lot of money. We struggled but we never had anything until we had paid for it. I had a good husband.”

Ada loves her garden and always cut her own lawn until her son-in-law volunteered to take over.

She said: “I didn’t say no to him – I didn’t want to upset him.”