Life is still an adventure for Marjory

Still adventurous: Marjory Kember celebrates turning 100 with her children (left to right) Karen Law, Barbara Major and Geoffrey Kember. Picture: John Veage

Still adventurous: Marjory Kember celebrates turning 100 with her children (left to right) Karen Law, Barbara Major and Geoffrey Kember. Picture: John Veage

At 100 years of age, Marjory Kember still has a sense of adventure.

Last year, at age 99, she was treated to a ride on a three-wheel motorcycle reaching speeds of 120km down the highway at Tilba on the South Coast.

When she was 98 she was treated to a ride in a Mustang convertible.

“She’s always been a bit adventurous,” Marjory’s daughter, Karen Law said.

Marjory was born in Oatley, the youngest of four children and the only daughter of Robert and Annie Mills who came out from Stoke-on-Trent, England in 1912.

Marjory met her future husband Aubery Kember on New Year’s Eve, 1938 at a dance at the Oatley School of Arts.

They married on April 26,1941 at the Methodist Church on the corner of Frederick and Letitia Streets, Oatley.

Marjory and Aubrey settled in Bellevue Parade, Hurstville where they lived for 11 years before moving to Hurstville Grove in 1952 where Marjory still lives.

They had three children, Barbara, Geoffrey and Karen.

Aubrey had a milk-run and then went to work with Sydney County Council.

Marjory and Aubrey made the news about 10 years ago when they both turned 90.

Aubrey had taken Marjory to the hospital for a hip operation but fell and broke his hip. They both ended up in the same ward being treated by the same surgeon.

Aubrey passed away in 2009 and Marjory now shares the family home with her daughter, Karen.

Marjory made the news again in 2015 when she visited the same hairdressing salon in Oatley where she had her hair done on her wedding day in 1941.

While the hairdressers, the Gypsy Unisex Salon, has different owners and a new name, Marjory returned the the salon to have her hair done to mark what would have been her 74th wedding anniversary.

Daughter Karen, said her mother still has a great sense of adventure.

“She loves our regular visits to the South Coast where she is very well-known,” Karen said.

“There is a photograph of her when she had her motorcycle ride last year which is now on the wall of the Tilba general store.

“When she’s at home in Hurstville Grove she loves watching the footie and the cricket. She’s a big St George supporter as was my father who said he went to the first game played by St George in 1927.”

Marjory celebrated her 100th birthday with not one but four birthday parties.

The main celebration was held at St George Motor Boat Club on Saturday, August 12 with almost 60 family and friends, with some coming from America and New Zealand for her party.

“I’m sure that all those people who have followed her adventures would like to know that her story continues,” Karen said.

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