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Sant Kaur Bajwa,World's oldest woman, passes away

World's oldest person , Punjab-born Sant Kaur Bajwa, has passed away at the grand old age of 115 years and 199 days.

Mrs Bajwa had lived through three centuries and the Industrial and Technological Revolutions; survived Two World Wars and outlived six monarchs as a member of the Commonwealth.

Born in a small village in Sialkote, Punjab in present-day Pakistan on 1st January 1898, Mrs Bajwa was orphaned at a very young age and was raised by an elder sister. 

She married a farmer at the age of 16, bearing four children with her husband, who died just six years into the couple's marriage. 

In 1966, at the age of 68, she migrated to England, settling with her daughter and son-in-law in Southall, West London.

When her daughter died in 1972, Mrs Bajwa, then 74, took on the role of caring for her four children, including her twin sons who were just six at the time.

The twins, Jim and Bob Rai, who are now aged 47, made a joint statement in tribute to their grandmother.

"She was a formidable woman. A parent should never have to outlive their children and our grandmother suffered more than her fair share of tragedy during her lifetime," they said.

"It was her inner strength and resolve that carried her forward, she fought and stood tall as the matriarch of the family.

She will be sorely missed and we will never forget her flamboyant yet modest personality."

A daily visitor to the Gurdwara in Southall, Mrs Bajwa's is said to have drawn great strength from her Sikh faith to live as long as she did.

She is survived by 12 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

- Agencies



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