Born in Caledonia in 1933, Marlene was crowned at the age of 3. It was the headline in all the local papers at the time as well as across Canada.
The Toronto Star sponsored a contest for 3-7 year olds and her grandmother entered her picture, secretly. It was one of 11, 734 entries from across Canada.
The prize awarded to the young girl was $500 or $250 dollars, a portrait painted of her and a trip to Callander Ontario to see the Dionne Quintuplets.
The portrait was painted and it hangs now in the Caledonia museum. After she died on September 25, 2009, it was presented to the museum by her family; they wanted it returned to Caledonia.