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Maine woman, 80, goes skydiving on Mother's Day

Monday, May 12, 2014
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WATERVILLE, Maine — An 80-year-old mother of seven from Waterville has fulfilled a nearly two-decade old dream by skydiving.

Marjorie Bell leaped out of an airplane and with the help of a tandem skydiver floated 10,000 feet to the ground on Mother's Day, one day after her birthday.

Bell tells the Morning Sentinel that she "never felt so free."

She was accompanied on the jump by several family members, including a daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren.

Bell, a grandmother and great-grandmother, had wanted to jump out of a plane since she was mesmerized by skydivers on a trip to Florida 18 years ago.

Bell already has plans for her 81st birthday: She wants to zip line across Grand Falls on the Maine-New Brunswick border.

 
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