A cen­tury of danc­ing

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Jaime Shurmer

SOUTH Perth’s Marea Fen­ner has en­joyed an ac­tive cen­tury, filled with the sweeter things in life.

She turned 108 last Thurs­day and her youngest of five chil­dren, Denise Clancy, said her mum had al­ways had a passion for ball­room danc­ing.

In fact, she danced three days a week un­til she was 100 years old.

“When she was 98 years old, she was hav­ing heart trou­ble so she demanded they put in a pace­maker so she could keep danc­ing,” Mrs Clancy said.

Marea was born in Yar­ram, South Gipp­s­land, Vic­to­ria and spent some time in Mel­bourne’s Flem­ing­ton.

The fam­ily worked with horses and her grand­fa­ther ran the Pony Ex­press from Bus­sel­ton to Augusta.

“She was told to look out her bed­room win­dow when she was seven and there was a pony out back,” Mrs Clancy said.

“She rode the pony for the four-mile trip to school each day and went out with it each week to pick up gro­ceries.”

Marea’s late hus­band Stan also en­joyed danc­ing and in their younger days, they trav­elled around Aus­tralia to­gether in a cam­per van.

“They did five trips around Aus­tralia, and trav­elled to Sin­ga­pore and New Zealand,” Mrs Clancy said.

The cou­ple had five chil­dren.

Mrs Fen­ner worked in ac­counts for a cig­a­rette com­pany. She’s never had a smoke or a drink in her life.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d456862

Four gen­er­a­tions... Marea Fen­ner with her daugh­ter Denise Clancy, granddaughter Hay­ley Har­ti­gan and great granddaughter Ruby Har­ti­gan (9 months).

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