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Fish and chip fan dies at 102

PUBLISHED: 18:20 14 February 2002 | UPDATED: 11:21 03 March 2010

GREAT grandmother Jessie Frost, who attributed her long life to a fish and chip supper once a week, has died at the age of 102.

Mrs Frost, from Nightingale Road, Ipswich, used to love tucking into her fried treat, and when she was featured in the Evening Star on her 100th birthday in April, 1999, she named it as one of the secrets of her longevity.

GREAT grandmother Jessie Frost, who attributed her long life to a fish and chip supper once a week, has died at the age of 102.

Mrs Frost, from Nightingale Road, Ipswich, used to love tucking into her fried treat, and when she was featured in the Evening Star on her 100th birthday in April, 1999, she named it as one of the secrets of her longevity.

She also said hard work and being well looked after had played a big part, and said at the time: "I still feel 60."

Her life spanned three centuries until she died on February 4.

She leaves a daughter Marjorie Harvey, 64, from Gainsborough, grandchildren Barbara, Steven, Mark, Robert and two great grandchildren, Lianne and James.

Marjorie said: "She was happy. She had always wanted to reach her 100th birthday and she achieved that and more."

Her granddaughter, Barbara Bowers, 44, who lives in Wherstead Road, said her grandmother was born in Hintlesham and lived in Suffolk all her life. She was in domestic service until she married Albert Frost.

Mrs Bowers said: "She lived in her own home, doing all the cleaning until her last day, and that's why it's been such a shock to all the family. She was cheerful and had been looking forward to her 103rd birthday in April.

"Before Christmas we took her on an outing to the supermarket to get groceries and she went in a wheelchair which she didn't like much! She was very determined.

"She was a helpful person, and always there for any of the family if they needed her. She also had a lot of friends but she outlived most of them."

One of Mrs Frost's most memorable moments was when she took her first trip abroad at the age of 94.

She went to Belgium and enjoyed it so much she nearly missed the boat coming back.

In later years her hobbies included watching television and doing jigsaw puzzles.

She was also a soap fan, having been a devoted fan of Coronation Street since it started, and also Eastenders and The Generation Game.

Mrs Bowers added: "There was no talking allowed when they were on!"

Mrs Frost's funeral will be held at the Old Cemetery Church on February 19 at noon.

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