Life’s still a beach for these soulmates
With in-home care tailored to meet their unique needs, dynamic duo Marge and John haven’t slowed down in their 90s.
Marge, 94 and her husband John, 91, from Coffs Harbour in New South Wales are a bit of a KinCare power couple.
In their long, active life together, they’ve always made sure to give each other time and support to pursue their individual passions.
For Marge, many of life’s magic moments happen in the kitchen – and John loves this about her.
Marge started cooking when she was growing up in the Clarence Valley of northern New South Wales.
“I come from a family of butchers, my dad and three brothers all worked in the trade, and I grew up on a farm. I’d milk the cows and churn that into butter, we had chickens for the eggs and always had plenty of meat from the cows,” says Marge.
She stopped work after she got married but still enjoyed cooking, writing her recipes in a little book.
“I’m not a cook like they are now,” says Marge. “Everything was very simple.”
It’s a big relief to Marge today to receive weekly visits from her KinCare Home Care Workers, so that she can still make time for her cooking.
Her Home Care Workers love the smell of Marge’s cinnamon tea cake in the oven as they work – almost as much as John does when he comes in from the beach.
For John, a love of the ocean and time in the waves keep him healthy and happy.
Back when Marge and John got married, it was the meeting of two surfing clans in Coffs Harbour. John’s brother George Mills and Marge’s brother Tiger Teece were both famous lifesavers – and John followed in their aquatic footsteps as an excellent swimmer. Not only did he win four Gold medals at the World Masters Games in 2002, he broke four records too!
John trains the Nippers in surf lifesaving near their home and over the years he’s trained many competitive life savers.
Probably one of the most famous people he taught to swim is his granddaughter Brooke Hanson, who won gold and silver medals at the 2004 Olympics.
In total, Marge and John have 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren – and there’s no doubt every member of the family is incredibly proud of the active, independent lives their Nan and Pop still live.