01 October 2008

RIP: Alexina Calvert

Alexina Calvert
13 Aug 1898 – 19 Sep 2008

ZUI this article from the Carlisle (Cumbria) News & Star:
AN ANNAN woman has died peacefully in hospital after living to the ripe old age of 110.

Alexina Calvert was believed to be Scotland’s oldest woman.

She died at Annan Hospital last Friday just a month after celebrating her milestone birthday. Her funeral service took place at Carlisle Crematorium on Wednesday.


She was born in Aberdeenshire in 1898 and moved to Annan in 1946 when her late husband, Nicholas, was made the town’s postmaster. He died in 1973.


She is survived by her daughter and three grandchildren.

According to the Gerontology Research Group (GRG), Calvert was the 70th-oldest woman and the 79th-oldest person in the world at the time of her death.

She is the first supercentenarian listed by the GRG to die since the death of Walter Seward on 14 September.

The GRG's list of validated living supercentenarians (people who have reached their 110th birthday) currently includes 80 people (9 men and 71 women), ranging from Edna Parker of Indiana (born 20 Apr 1893) to Mary Schumacher of North Dakota (born 29 Aug 1898). According to The Scotsman, 110-year-old Annie Turnbull (born 21 Sep 1898, but not yet listed by the GRG) is now the oldest living person in Scotland.

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