Perry, Margaret

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                                       MARGARET PERRY
                                Mother, 99, Visits Annually
                                   By Denise Berthelotte

Leonard Perry's mother refuses to act her age. At 99, Margaret Perry of PEI is self-sufficient in all aspects of life, even though time has affected her hearing and eyesight. She was in the area for a visit and returned to PEI last week.

Leonard and his wife Jean's neighbours can't believe it when they see the tiny, white-haired woman out for a walk every day, weather permitting. "She gets up in the morning and even makes her own bed," said Jean.

Margaret, who turned 99 July 30, visits her son and daughter-in-law on the O'Keefe Road twice a year, even though she lives in a different province.

Margaret was born and raised in New Haven, PEI, but loves her visits to the Miramichi. Leonard and Jean drive there to pick her up. "It's so cozy, and I have a wonderful daughter-in-law and son," she said in a soft tone as she sat in her son's living room.

Margaret said she loves the river, but not just because of its beauty. The river represents a familiarity because she grew up on a farm next to a river similar to the Miramichi.

She has nine children, including Leonard. She also has 30 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Leonard is the only one of her family living on the Miramichi. He and his wife moved here in 1971 after he was offered a contract with Heath Steele Mines. "This is where we decided to settle," said Jean. With her husband working as a contract miner, Jean was used to packing up and moving. They've been all over Canada since their marriage in 1959 - including Edmonton, Vancouver, Saskatoon, and Quebec. "Of all the places we've been, this is the one we liked the most." She said the friendliness of the people prompted them to choose the Miramichi as their home.

And Margaret has been visiting every year since.

"We have a few friends that make it a point to pay a short visit whenever she's here. We enjoy her so much. She's no problem at all," said Jean.

Source: Miramichi Leader – September 05, 1995

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