Grand old lady Maude, 110, dies
Believed to be New Zealand's oldest woman, 110-year-old Maudie Wilson was well known for her independence, sweet smile, and gracious personality. She died on Thursday, surrounded by family.
Mrs Wilson was thought to be one of the oldest people to ever live in Southland - but that's not how her family will think of her.
Instead, they said, they would remember her appreciative personality, her warm heart and independence. Daughter Frances Tait said her mother had always been loving, and was a great mother.
Mrs Wilson was born in Invercargill in 1903, a year before the icecream cone was invented. She lived through two World Wars, a depression and saw 26 New Zealand prime ministers take office.
Having spent most of her adult life in Central Otago, she returned to Invercargill just over two years ago.
Mrs Tait said she would always remember her mother for her continuous gratitude and the way she was loved by her large family and her friends at Vickery Court, the rest home to which she had moved after falling and damaging her hip.
"She was always appreciative. She thanked everyone for everything that was done, even when she wasn't very well."
Until her accident, the widowed southern woman had lived on her own in Clyde, a sign of her determination and independence.
Mrs Wilson first met her husband-to-be, William, when she was nine. The couple were married in August 1929 at the newly built St Andrew's Church in South Invercargill.
They had three children, nine grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
Her family is now planning her funeral, which will be held in Clyde next Wednesday.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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