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Violet Jean Moore

Violet Jean Moore

Female 1917 - 2017  (100 years)

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  • Name Violet Jean Moore 
    Nickname Auntie Jean 
    Born 27 Feb 1917  Winchester, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Biography 28 Feb 2017  Herald Express Newspaper Find all individuals with events at this location 
    A Torquay woman has celebrated her 100th birthday, and says that she attributes her longevity to 'never smoking, being teetotal and not having children'. Violet Jean More, or Jean as she likes to be known, celebrated her 100th birthday at St Omer Residential Home in Chelston surrounded by her friends and family; included two family members who had made lengthy trips from Australia and the USA to be there.

    Jean was born near Winchester on February 27, 1917, where her parents owned and ran a very successful petrol and car repair garage. Her young life as an only child was a happy one; as a bright intelligent young girl she was offered a place at the local grammar school which she turned down as she preferred to attend the local secondary school with her best friend Eileen.

    Living and working in a garage, Jean soon learnt all the skills necessary to run an efficient office, managing the books, pay, accountancy and every aspect of a successful business.

    It was while working in the garage that Jean met her future husband Stanley. He was a keen motorbike rider and would regularly call in. When he plucked up the courage to ask Jean's father if he could 'walk out' with his daughter, the courtship began and soon developed into a serious relationship.

    After their marriage, Stan became a very important member of the team working in the garage. He proved to be a very competent and skilled mechanic, as well as an extremely engaging person with the customers. The garage soon became well known for good reliable service, going from strength to strength. When WWII broke out, the army decided they needed this garage for their fuel and repairs, so the family did their part for the country.

    Stan had originally come from Devon and many family holidays were enjoyed in Torquay so when a big fuel company made a substantial bid for the Winchester garage, the decision was made to accept and to retire in Torquay. The whole family moved to Devon, including Jean parents and Stan's parents. They bought bungalows next door to each other, living out their retirement together enjoying the area.

    Jean supported and nursed her elderly family until their end, as well as her beloved Stan. She lived independently and happily in her own home until late 2015 when she moved into St Omer Residential Home in Chelston.

    When asked how she had reached her 100th birthday, she said: "I never smoked, was teetotal and had no children." 
    Age: 100 
    Died 21 May 2017  Torquay, Devon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I169  Walsh - Wilson Family Tree | Marjorie
    Last Modified 22 May 2017 

    Father Albert George Moore,   b. 31 Oct 1890, Southampton, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1972, Torquay, Devon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Barbara Thaw Ross,   b. 09 Aug 1889, Southampton, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1982, Torquay, Devon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
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    Albert George Moore and Barbara Thaw [Ross] Moore
    Albert George Moore and Barbara Thaw [Ross] Moore
    Family ID F856  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Stanley Geoffrey Charles,   b. 04 Dec 1915, Kettering, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1982, Torquay, Devon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 24 Apr 1943  Winchester, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Record ID Number MH:F72 
    Last Modified 24 Nov 2008 
    Family ID F71  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBiography - A Torquay woman has celebrated her 100th birthday, and says that she attributes her longevity to 'never smoking, being teetotal and not having children'. Violet Jean More, or Jean as she likes to be known, celebrated her 100th birthday at St Omer Residential Home in Chelston surrounded by her friends and family; included two family members who had made lengthy trips from Australia and the USA to be there. Jean was born near Winchester on February 27, 1917, where her parents owned and ran a very successful petrol and car repair garage. Her young life as an only child was a happy one; as a bright intelligent young girl she was offered a place at the local grammar school which she turned down as she preferred to attend the local secondary school with her best friend Eileen. Living and working in a garage, Jean soon learnt all the skills necessary to run an efficient office, managing the books, pay, accountancy and every aspect of a successful business. It was while working in the garage that Jean met her future husband Stanley. He was a keen motorbike rider and would regularly call in. When he plucked up the courage to ask Jean's father if he could 'walk out' with his daughter, the courtship began and soon developed into a serious relationship. After their marriage, Stan became a very important member of the team working in the garage. He proved to be a very competent and skilled mechanic, as well as an extremely engaging person with the customers. The garage soon became well known for good reliable service, going from strength to strength. When WWII broke out, the army decided they needed this garage for their fuel and repairs, so the family did their part for the country. Stan had originally come from Devon and many family holidays were enjoyed in Torquay so when a big fuel company made a substantial bid for the Winchester garage, the decision was made to accept and to retire in Torquay. The whole family moved to Devon, including Jean parents and Stan's parents. They bought bungalows next door to each other, living out their retirement together enjoying the area. Jean supported and nursed her elderly family until their end, as well as her beloved Stan. She lived independently and happily in her own home until late 2015 when she moved into St Omer Residential Home in Chelston. When asked how she had reached her 100th birthday, she said: "I never smoked, was teetotal and had no children." - 28 Feb 2017 - Herald Express Newspaper Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Family Portrait in Torquay, Date Unknown
    Family Portrait in Torquay, Date Unknown
    Family Portrait in Torquay, Date Unknown
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    Jean and Stanley Charles
    Jean and Stanley Charles
    Photographed in Winchester
    Violet Jean Moore
    Violet Jean Moore
    Jean [Moore] Charles and Stanley Charles at the Petrol Station in Winchester
    Jean [Moore] Charles and Stanley Charles at the Petrol Station in Winchester
    Marjorie and Auntie Jean on Auntie Jean's 93rd Birthday
    Marjorie [Wilson] Walsh visiting Violet Jean [Moore] Charles at her home in Torquay to celebrate her 93rd birthday. The visit was a few days late --- 4 March 2009. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Jean Charles in the greenhouse at Whitecroft, 1989
    Jean Charles in the greenhouse at Whitecroft, 1989
    Cathy Bushby, Marjorie Walsh, and Jean Charles at the Number 7 Restaurant in Torquay, 28 April 2005
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    Cathy Bushby, Jean Charles, and Marjorie Walsh - Torquay, 28 April 2005
    Cathy Bushby, Jean Charles, and Marjorie Walsh - Torquay, 28 April 2005
    Marjorie Walsh, Jean Charles, Cathy Bushby, and Chase Day on the River Severn in Worcester following dinner at Brown's
    Marjorie Walsh, Jean Charles, Cathy Bushby, and Chase Day on the River Severn in Worcester following dinner at Brown's
    Marjorie Walsh and Cathy Bushby helping Jean Charles up the steps at the Osborne Hotel, Torquay, January 2007
    Marjorie Walsh and Cathy Bushby helping Jean Charles up the steps at the Osborne Hotel, Torquay, January 2007
    Jean Charles - Torquay - 11 January 2007
    Jean Charles - Torquay - 11 January 2007
    Marjorie Walsh and Jean Charles - Whitecroft - 1990
    Marjorie Walsh and Jean Charles - Whitecroft - 1990
    Jean Charles with Pau the Bull Terrier - Whitecroft, 1990
    Jean Charles with Pau the Bull Terrier - Whitecroft, 1990
    Jean Charles - 100th Birthday Party - 27 Feb 2017
    Jean Charles - 100th Birthday Party - 27 Feb 2017

    Documents
    Herald Express (Torquay) - 28 Feb 2017 - 'Torquay 100-year-old says secret to long life is not having children'
    Herald Express (Torquay) - 28 Feb 2017 - "Torquay 100-year-old says secret to long life is not having children"