Happy birthday Muriel . . . 100 years living in Frome
MURIEL Chapman celebrates her 100th birthday on Sunday.
Born and brought up in Frome, Mrs Chapman now lives at The Blue House in the town centre.
She was born in Redland Terrace to John and Maud Keeping and had a brother Herbert.
Mr Keeping worked at the printing company Butler & Tanner for 50 years and his daughter could not wait to leave St John's School to work for the company too.
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At 15 she began work at the printing factory in the folding department and left at the age of 24 when she met her husband, Kenneth.
The couple were married at St John's Church in Frome where Mrs Chapman was Christened and confirmed and where she was a Sunday school teacher.
The newlyweds lived at Garston Road until they moved to Kettering for Mr Chapman's job. Sadly he died at Kettering aged 61.
During the Second World War, Mrs Chapman took in evacuees, some of whom she has kept in contact with to this day.
She moved back to the family home and has spent her life in Frome doing voluntary work, including the WRVS for which she got a long service medal for 60 years work. She also worked at the Citizens Advice Bureau and two charity shops in Frome.
Mrs Chapman said: "I never expected to live to 100 years old and I could do with a few spare parts nowadays.
"I have always kept active, playing hockey and tennis when I was younger."
Her friends will be celebrating her birthday with a party on Saturday and there will be a Songs of Praise service at St John's Church the following day.
Family announcements – pages 26-27