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106-year-old Pictou County woman says dancing is secret to longevity

Nan MacKean celebrated her 106th birthday with friends at Valley View Villa on Tuesday.
Nan MacKean celebrated her 106th birthday with friends at Valley View Villa on Tuesday.

Asked to pose for a picture, Nan MacKean makes the sourest face she can muster until one of her birthday guests suggests a happier expression.

She throws her head back and laughs.

“I guess I can’t get away with it,” she says.

At 106 years old, MacKean may be one of the oldest person (if not the oldest) in Pictou County, but she still has a sharp mind and sense of humour.

MacKean now lives at Valley View Villa but was formerly a resident of Churchville.

She along with her husband Edgar operated service stations in Trenton and Stellarton. They had a dog during those years named Dusty who was well known for carrying money from the customers at the pump into the store.

A graduate of Pictou Academy, she also taught in one-room school houses.

In her free time she enjoyed going to dances with Edgar.

She shared two pieces of advice for those who want to live as long as her – eat well and dance lots.

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