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Iceland’s Second oldest Woman Passed Away

Margrét Hannesdóttir, Iceland’s second oldest woman passed away earlier this week 107 years of age; she died in the Skógarbaer nursing home in Reykjavík where she has been living since February this year.


Skaftá river, where glacial floods have occurred in recent days and weeks, runs through her home county.

Hannesdóttir was born in South Iceland’s Skaftafellssýsla county in 1904 (now East and West Skaftafellssýsla country) and was the oldest of ten children. She had five children with her late husband Samúel Kristjánsson, a fisherman in Reykjavík, and two of their children are deceased.

She leaves behind almost 70 descendants and in her lifetime she became a great-great-great-grandmother; for the last 35 years she lived by herself, reports.

Margrét was 14 years old when the Katla eruption of 1918 commenced near her childhood home in the vicinity of Vatnajökull glacier; in an interview she gave a few years ago she told Morgunbladid that “she had never heard so much noice in her entire life.”


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