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82-year-old 'snow blowing granny' goes viral after clearing own driveway in below zero temps


MUSKEGON, Mich. — Marlene Downing is 82 years old and won't let a little — or a lot — of snow stop her. So much so, Downing was out in below zero temperatures Tuesday removing snow from her own driveway, WZZM reports .

"I was waiting for this snow," Downing told WZZM. She said that the cold reminds her of growing up in Harvey, North Dakota, as a youth, adding, "they never shut anything down" in Harvey.

So when temps in Muskegon became frigid she was totally in her element.

"They think I'm crazy," Downing said, referring to her children and grandchildren. They've told her before to stay inside and give up snow blowing, she said, but that obviously hasn't stopped her.

In a now viral Facebook post, Downing is seen removing her own snow. Some are even calling her Muskegon's "snow blowing granny."


According to WZZM , Downing not only loves to snow blow, but also rides her Harley-Davidson in the summer. When she's not able to ride her bike in the winter, snow blowing reminds her of her Harley.

"I think the engine sounds like my Harley," Downing said.

She added that she has put more than 135,000 miles on her bike, and many of those miles were with her dog Pippa riding in the sidecar.


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To paraphrase what the school superintendent said about my mother at her retirement dinner (she taught in the CR school system for 40 years)...

"Marlene's a tough old bird".

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82-year-old 'snow blowing granny' goes viral after clearing own driveway in below zero temps


MUSKEGON, Mich. Marlene Downing is 82 years old and won't let a little or a lot of snow stop her. So much so, Downing was out in below zero temperatures Tuesday removing snow from her own driveway, WZZM reports .

"I was waiting for this snow," Downing told WZZM. She said that the cold reminds her of growing up in Harvey, North Dakota, as a youth, adding, "they never shut anything down" in Harvey.

So when temps in Muskegon became frigid she was totally in her element.

"They think I'm crazy," Downing said, referring to her children and grandchildren. They've told her before to stay inside and give up snow blowing, she said, but that obviously hasn't stopped her.

In a now viral Facebook post, Downing is seen removing her own snow. Some are even calling her Muskegon's "snow blowing granny."


According to WZZM , Downing not only loves to snow blow, but also rides her Harley-Davidson in the summer. When she's not able to ride her bike in the winter, snow blowing reminds her of her Harley.

"I think the engine sounds like my Harley," Downing said.

She added that she has put more than 135,000 miles on her bike, and many of those miles were with her dog Pippa riding in the sidecar.


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that generation is probably gonna be the toughest this country will ever see.

my Dad could still kick my ass at age 87 .

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Reading this article reminds me of my grand pa, who doesn't live to far from there. He's in his 80's, and every year he drags out the blower attachment for his John Deere. Although I think he only sticks to his driveway in years past he would go around the corner to my parent's house dressed in his orange cammo coverall and blow the end of the driveway and clear out the mailbox. I think it's a combo of what's in the water, and the stubborn old Dutch farmer mentality that keeps a lot of people in that area going.
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I love that story. God bless her, I hope she has many more years to snow blow and ride her Harley. My neighbors aren't as lucky so I help out my neighbor next to me (84) and across the street (92). Surprisingly, the 92 year old still works in her yard, goes for walks, and still drives. She's an amazing woman. Me and my wife make it our mission to take care of them. We send over hot meals and stop in to have coffee with them. I almost forgot, snow blow and shovel them out.
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