Exeter avid traveller and activist celebrates her 102nd birthday
Molly Walkers, a resident at RMBI Care Co. Home Cadogan Court, in Exeter, has recently celebrated her 102nd birthday. To mark the special event, Molly was presented with birthday cards and flowers from family and friends, and the Home’s staff decorated her room for the occasion.
Molly was born on 24 July 1920 and has lived in Devon all her life. Although she spent her early years in Dawlish, she lived in her house in Exeter for 80 years before moving to Cadogan Court. She was married to Dudley, known to many as Lee, and had two children: a son and a daughter. Molly worked at the board of the Inland Revenue, whereas her husband was a policeman.
Molly was only 19 when the Second World War broke out. At that time, young Molly had to endure a 12-mile restriction, which made it difficult to see family and friends. When asked how she coped during the conflict, Molly said: “You just got on with it. Everyone helped each other and the mentality of people was different back then. Everyone abided by the rules.”
An avid traveller
Molly loves to travel and has enjoyed an around the world trip. She has arranged educational sea trips for groups of children, attended foreign conferences, visited friends in various countries and even went on adventurous holidays.
“I’ve visited too many countries to mention,” she claims proudly. “I’ve been on 65 cruises throughout the years, the last one being in 2016!”
A tireless activist
Molly has played a crucial role in Exeter throughout her life. She has been an active member in many organisations, including the Well Women’s Clinic, the Exeter Federation of Business and Professional Women and the Exeter Twinning Circle, among others. In 2016, when she was 96, she completed and published Hello, Molly, an account of her life. All proceeds from the sale were donated to Age UK.
When asked about her secret to a long life, she said: “Being a perky sort of person and being fairly optimistic!” Molly also has a piece of advice for younger generations: “Be honest, be happy and look after each other.”
RMBI Home Cadogan Court, in Exeter, is run by RMBI Care Co., part of the Masonic Charitable Foundation. For more information, please visit: http://www.rmbi.org.uk/
Photo 1: Resident Molly Walkers celebrates her 102nd birthday at RMBI Care Co. Home Cadogan Court, in Exeter.
Photo 2: The staff decorated her room with balloons and Molly was presented with birthday cards and flowers from family and friends.
Photo 3: Molly’s wedding day at Dawlish on 22nd July 1944.