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Irish woman dead at 107; born before Irish State

Robert Besser
12 Sep 2021, 17:13 GMT+10

CLONARD, Ireland: Nancy Stewart from Clonard in County Meath, Ireland's oldest woman, died Friday morning at age 107.

Friends noted that she was born before the Irish State and had lived through two World Wars and the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic.

Granddaughter Louise Coughlan said Stewart had only recently been in "great form," according to Irish Central.

Stewart was in a good mood Thursday night, according to her granddaughter. Within hours she died peacefully in her sleep on Friday.

Coughlan noted that video of Stewart went viral during the pandemic due to the hope and optimism she expressed.

Following that, she received many cards, parcels and regards from well-wishers throughout the world.

In announcing her grandmother's death, Coughlan posted, "I'll never be able to put into words how broken my heart is yet, how full of love and gratitude it is for one human who gave me all I need to see the world in a forever kind and generous way."

"You were my world for so long and for so many others, but now we must let God, my dad and all the angels and saints be blessed with your presence."

Stewart was born in 1913. She lost her husband in a car accident in 1989.

She is survived by her daughters Kathleen, Mary, and Olive, in addition to 84 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Twin daughters Margaret and Anne had earlier passed away.

"In the last week, two friends that she hadn't seen since before Covid-19 and were precious to her visited and her son came home from England, and he hasn't been home either because of the restrictions," Coughlan said, as reported by Irish Central.

"I think, myself, she was holding on for those moments."

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