Marguerite “Madge” Carrington, a resident of the Friendly Home, celebrated her 100th birthday June 20.
Madge’s birthday festivities included sharing cake and special memories with her daughter, Dianne Carrington-Plano, and son-in-law, Joseph Plano, of Livonia.
Madge was born on June 20, 1918, in Verona, New Jersey, to Harry and Louise Wilder. She was the second of three daughters. Madge grew up in Verona, attended secretarial school and worked in an insurance and real estate company. She met her husband, Lawrence Porter Carrington, on a blind date on the Fourth of July. Larry, the cousin of one of Madge’s girlfriends, was in the Navy and visiting New Jersey on leave at the time. What became a wartime romance led to their marriage in 1944.
The couple made their new home in Essex Falls, New Jersey, and had two children, son Lawrence Porter Carrington Jr. and daughter Dianne. Dianne recalls that her brother was always known as “Skip,” because when he was born, the nurse handed him to Madge and said, “Here’s your little skipper,” referencing his father’s service in the Navy.
Madge, a homemaker after her children were born, was a hostess who loved entertaining and throwing parties. She was a golfer, theater lover and traveler — she and her husband, Larry, enjoyed trips to Europe and within the U.S., including Hawaii. After Larry’s death, Madge moved to the Rochester area to be close to Dianne. She embraced this new chapter in her life with enthusiasm, making friends and taking in many GEVA performances and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra concerts, especially POPS.
She has lived at the Friendly Home for seven years and remains the friendly, social “people person.”