Heavily indebted and unable to sell any flats because of probate, Margaret went into the East Kent mining villages to sell Encyclopaedia Britannica. Any commission she made not needed for housekeeping went to buy shares, such as Marks and Spencers and Marley Tiles.
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Margaret played golf to a high standard and was a leading portrait artist in the Folkestone School. In 1989, aged 90, she attended a small reception at the Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club, Deal. She presented one of her portraits to a member.
"Margaret, please would you sign the visitor's book," requested Nigel, the secretary. Margaret obliged.
"And put your date of birth." She added 3.6.1899.
Nigel pointed to a visitor who was born in 1889.
"Nigel, give me the book." She added: "and still playing golf."