She has 100 years of warm memories and stories


POINT PLEASANT — Longtime borough resident Marge Missett Grall will celebrate a milestone 100th birthday July 18.

According to the former Point Pleasant Borough School District board secretary, life has been a dream.

“I can’t believe it,” she said in an interview July 12.

“Everybody is talking about it, but I am just sitting here laughing about it … I have lived a full life.”

Born Margie Doyle in 1917 in Jersey City, Mrs. Missett married Peter Missett, a Jersey City fireman, before moving to Point Pleasant in 1947 to raise their family, remain- ing in the area for 37 years.

“I was in Jersey City 30 years, moved to Point Pleasant and was there 32 years and now I’m [in Jupiter, Florida] 38 years,” she said.

“It was so different going to Point Pleasant from Jersey City where on Journal Square you got onto the subway and in five minutes were in New York. Point Pleasant is quite different, but I loved it. It was very nice.”

Mrs. Missett played a huge part in the growth and development of Point Pleasant Borough High School and had a hand in many aspects of the local community.

In 1953, she was offered the position as the first woman police officer in Ocean County, serving as the principal uniformed traffic police woman.

“I don’t think people understand when you are deal- ing with little children in the safety environment, it was scary sometimes,” she said.

“It was wonderful, I made so many friends of the children and their parents, but at times it was cold, snowy, other times it was very hot standing there but it all worked out.”

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