Willagee: Braemar Village’s rare Pearl ready for Mothers’ Day

Marie Hastings, Siobhan Farrell and Pearl Corcoran will celebrate Mother’s day with one of their regular catch-ups. Picture: Matt Jelonek.
Marie Hastings, Siobhan Farrell and Pearl Corcoran will celebrate Mother’s day with one of their regular catch-ups. Picture: Matt Jelonek.

A GOOD chat is at the heart of any family catch-up, but chewing the fat is that much easier when you have plenty of stories to tell.

That rings true for great grandmother Pearl Corcoran (96), who will celebrate Mothers’ Day on May 13 with her daughter Marie Hastings (73) and granddaughter Siobhan Farrell (45).

The trio hold regular catch-ups over Sunday lunch, with Willagee local Pearl never short of an adventurous tale from her life.

The Braemar Village resident left home at 14 to travel the country with vaudeville shows, where she performed as a snake handler.

The teenager returned to WA and worked at the Princess Picture Theatre in Fremantle, before travelling to South Australia on the back of a truck to join the circus.

She married and returned to WA where she lived in Hilton for more than 60 years.

During that time she was a founding member of the Fremantle Theatrical Club, which was established in the 1950s.

Ms Hastings said the family, which now includes six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, treasured Pearl’s stories of adventure.

“It’s wonderful to have mum around,” she said.

“She is the oldest surviving member of our family and she has had the most amazing life.

“In many ways she was ahead of her time as an adventurous spirit who didn’t let anyone hold her back.”

Braemar Presbyterian Care chief executive Wayne Belcher said Mothers’ Day was the perfect opportunity to recognise the amazing mums who call the facility home.

“There are many incredible women like Pearl at Braemar who have led quite astonishing lives while also demonstrating dedication, love and care for their children,” he said.

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