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BIOGRAPHY

Stanley was born in Harlington, Middlesex, England, UK, on 8 February 1913. Her first job was picking feathers on a poultry farm. This was followed by office work. She won many trophies while racing her MG and AJS motorbikes. During World War II, she headed a fleet of female drivers. She met her husband, Keith Stanley, in a tea room.

In 1947, Stanley emigrated to Canada and married her husband. The couple had a son, Simon, and settled on a farm in Broadbent, Ontario. She started a tap dancing school in the 1950s and later became the director of the McKellar Agricultural Society.

Stanley and her family moved to Parry Sound, Ontario in 1960, and she was employed as a chef in various restaurants. A passion of hers was gardening, and she was awarded life membership of the Parry Sound and District Horticultural Society, serving as director for several years. Her gardens were often used as backdrops for weddings.

Shortly before her 108th birthday in 2021, Stanley claimed that her secret to longevity was “You have to live a little on the wild side.” At the time, in addition to her son, she had two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her 110th birthday was celebrated with her family taking her out to dinner.

Stanley passed away in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada, on 5 November 2023, at the age of 110 years, 270 days.

RECOGNITION

Stanley has been recognized for her longevity multiple times by the Parry Sound North Star. Her upcoming 108th, 109th, and 110th birthdays were reported on the site.

At the time of death, she was the third-oldest (known) living person in Ontario, behind Helen Doan and Gertruda Gorecka.

ATTRIBUTION

* “How to stay young? Live a little on wild side, says McKellar resident” – Parry Sound News, 4 February 2021

* “Many firsts in McKellar history, including a resident’s 110th birthday” – Parry Sound News, 2 February 2023

* “MADELEINE STANLEY” – Logan Funeral Home, 5 November 2023

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