'Essex girl' Ellen celebrates her 100th birthday

PUBLISHED: 09:33 06 May 2019 | UPDATED: 09:33 06 May 2019

Ellen Rusch (centre) with Dunmow mayor Barrie Easter, daughter Susan Thynne, mayoress Margaret Easter and son-in-law Peter Thynne. Picture: ARCHANT

Ellen Rusch (centre) with Dunmow mayor Barrie Easter, daughter Susan Thynne, mayoress Margaret Easter and son-in-law Peter Thynne. Picture: ARCHANT

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An 'original Essex girl' celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday at a Dunmow care home.

Ellen Rusch receives her birthday card from the Queen. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDEllen Rusch receives her birthday card from the Queen. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Ellen Rusch, a resident at Croft House Care Home, received a birthday card from the Queen and marked the day with her daughter and son-in-law, who were visiting from Australia.

Ellen was born in Stepney in 1919 and grew up in Poplar before moving to Ashdon where she lived for 40 years.

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Daughter Susan Thynne spoke about her mother's fondness for singing.

Ellen Rusch receives her birthday card from the Queen. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDEllen Rusch receives her birthday card from the Queen. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

“She loved singing. She knows all of the war songs possible. She used to like singing on the microphone in the pub, she has a great singing voice,” Susan said.

Ellen married Arthur Rusch when she was 25 and had two children, Susan, and Michael, who lives in Clavering.

Susan said: “She likes to laugh a lot. She is always very happy. She likes people.”

Son-in-law Peter joked: “She is the original Essex girl.”

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