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A century plus one


Residents living on 6th Ave. NW may have been wondering about all of the vehicles and firetrucks parading past the Kinsmen Villa, Sunday.
The parade featured family and friends celebrating the 101st birthday of Villa resident Florence McKinnon.
McKinnon did not have a specific reason for her longevity.
“None of my family ever lived that long. Just living right, I guess,” she said.
McKinnon marveled at the technological changes which have taken place over the years.
“All these machines they have now for everything. We never had them before. You did everything yourself,” she said.
She knew something was taking place on Sunday, but she was not sure what.
“We’re doing not too much. We’re just staying put mostly. It’s too cold,” she said.
McKinnon was born in Million. She married Robert McKinnon at the age of 21 and she and her husband ranched in the Abbot’s Hall district, 6-1/2 miles east of Rorketon and had five children, three girls and two boys.
“They had horses and cattle. Dad was wounded in the war, so they couldn’t do it any more,” said McKinnon’s daughter Pat Brook.
The McKinnon’s moved to Dauphin in 1960, first living on Edgar Ave. for about 20 years before moving to the Royal Apartments on Mountain Road. In 1991, they moved to the Kinsmen Villa.
Brook noted her mother does not have home care and still looks after herself. The family, she added, is happy to see their mother still alive at 101.
“We hope we all have the same genes,” she said.
Because of the COVID pandemic, Brook was the only family member allowed in the Villa to celebrate with her mother, treating her to a Chinese food dinner for themselves and a cake for the tenants.
“Do what we can to celebrate,” Brook said.
McKinnon has 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Doug Zywina