Packard, 81, Is a Youngster to Its Driver Who is 101

A pair, Margaret Dunning of Plymouth, Michigan, is 101 and her Packard 740 roadster is 81.

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Her love affair with vehicles never waned. She drove a truck as a Red Cross volunteer and has owned a parade of classic and antique cars. At her home, she also keeps a 1931 Ford Model A, a 1966 Cadillac DeVille that she often drives to car meets, a 1975 Cadillac Eldorado convertible and her everyday car, a 2003 DeVille. A battered Model T steering wheel is her garage doorstop.

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All along she supported her beloved town of Plymouth, where she has lived in the same home since she was 13. In the 1940s she and her mother donated property to establish what is now the Dunning-Hough Library. She has also donated more than $1 million to the Plymouth Historical Museum.

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She dropped out of college during the Depression to help at her mother’s real estate business
and later had successful turns in banking and retail.

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“When I was little, Mom asked me what I thought I wanted to do for a living,” she said.
“I told her ‘to buy and sell.’ I think that surprised her.”

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