Margaret Fish

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Margaret Fish
Margaret Fish.jpg
Born 7 March 1899
Bow, London, United Kingdom
Died 12 March 2011(2011-03-12)
(aged 112 years, 5 days)
Wilstead, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Known for Oldest living person in the United Kingdom

Margaret Ethel Fish (née Willetts; 7 March 1899 – 12 March 2011)[1][2] of Wilstead, Bedfordshire became the oldest person in the United Kingdom (at the age of 111 years, 225 days) following the death of 111-year-old Elsie Steele on 18 October 2010[3] until her own death on 12 March 2011, aged 112 years, 5 days.


She was born at Tower Hamlets and married Frank Fish, a World War I veteran, in 1928. Frank died in 1987 at the age of 89 of a heart and lung condition.[4] Margaret was a dressmaker and lived independently at Cople until the age of 104.[5] Later, she moved to live with her 71-year-old daughter Barbara for two years, and then she moved into Danecroft Nursing Home in Wilstead.[4]

Fish enjoyed television and having a good meal. When asked about her recipe to a long life she said to "not worry about it"; that there is no secret.[5]

She died in her nursing home on 12 March 2011, five days after her 112th birthday, since which time her health had declined.[6]

Fish had two daughters, Barbara and Elsie; several grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.[5]

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  1. ^ Validated living supercentenarians The Gerontology Research Group lists persons as 'living' whose age has been validated and confirmed to be alive within the past year. Archived 1 December 2007 at WebCite
  2. ^ Margaret Ethel Fish : Obituary
  3. ^ "Margaret is leading lady". Bedfordshire on Sunday. 2010-10-24. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  4. ^ a b "Happy 110th birthday!". Biggleswade Today. 2009-03-06. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  5. ^ a b c Knowles, Keeley (2009-03-07). "Supercentenarian celebrates big birthday". Bedfordshire on Sunday. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  6. ^[dead link]

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