Olive Boar dies, aged 113 at a care home

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Olive Boar dies, aged 113 at a care home
Olive Boar dies, aged 113 at a care home
Olive Boar dies, aged 113 at a care home
Olive Boar dies, aged 113 at a care home

Olive Boar dies aged 113 after living through reign of 5 monarchs and 22 Prime Ministers.

Olive Evelyn Boar survived two world wars, saw 21 different prime ministers come and go, and was born before the first radio broadcast.

Ms Boar lived in a quiet life in Suffolk, and shunned all the attention she received upon becoming the nation’s oldest person earlier this year.

The former seamstress was born on 29 September, 1904, when Edward VII was still on the throne.

She met and married her late husband Claude Boar in 1932, and the couple bought their first house in Ipswich for £300.

Ms Boar lived in the same house right up until 2013 when she moved to Kent Lodge care home in Felixstowe.

Her son Robin Boar, 73, said his mother was a “caring” and “strong-willed” woman. He recalled how she did everything by hand, despite the effects of ageing, refusing to use an automatic washing machine.

“She was very homely, very caring,” Mr Boar told the Eastern Daily Press. “She looked after various friends and relatives as they became ill. She liked to help.

“She was there if anyone needed anything – but she was quite strong-willed and wouldn’t let anyone push her around. If she felt someone wasn’t showing her enough respect, she would let them know.

“She was a fairly amazing woman in many ways.”

Mr Boar added: “Her roast dinners were fairly renowned. She would make five times as much as you could possibly eat.”

His mother became the oldest person in the country in May when Bessie Camm died at the age of 113.

The oldest person in the UK is now Grace Catherine Jones, aged 111, who lives in Worcestershire.

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