WHEN Marjorie Bishop should have been celebrating her 100th birthday on Monday with her family in Midhurst, she was undergoing an operation after falling at home.
Marjorie was born in 1913, on the 11th day of the 11th month, the 11th child of George and Elizabeth Trussler and still lives a stone’s throw from her birth place at 1, Market Square.
On Sunday - November 10 - she was preparing to attend the Remembrance Sunday service when she fell in her bedroom a few hundred yards from the war memorial.
Her son David said: “She never misses the Remembrance Sunday Service because her nephew Ralph Trussler is one of the names on the memorial and I have always promised I will carry on going for her when she can no longer do it.
“I had gone over to her home earlier in the morning to check she was getting ready, then I went home to change.
“ I was only gone about half an hour and when I got back she was on the floor in her bedroom and was in a lot of stress and pain.”
She was taken by ambulance to St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester where x-rays showed she had broken her hip.
The following day she underwent an operation to pin it and it means a host of celebrations for her milestone birthday will now have to be put on hold.
They include a family celebration with David and his wife Lesley and his sister and brother in law Lesley and Michael Gowing.
On Tuesday Tandem, the transport charity had planned another celebration and on Thursday staff and members of Rother Valley Together, the day care centre for elderly and vulnerable people had a whole day of activities planned including her favourite lunch, a sing-song and a special cake with bubbly.
“Her birthday card arrived from the Queen and there were lots of other cards which we have taken to her,” said David.
He said she would continue her recuperation after the operation at the Cottage Hospital in Midhurst.
“She is a very tough person, very resilient and has a very positive outlook. She is going to want to go back home to her flat, so I am sure she will be a very good patient.
“We are postponing all her birthday celebrations until she is better,” said David.