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Thursday, 10 July 2014

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One of Cumbria's oldest residents dies aged 104

One of Cumbria’s oldest residents has died aged 104.

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Mary Savage

Mary Savage, who lived in Carlisle all her life, died on Monday.

She had been ill for some time but died very peacefully, said Debbie Butterworth, senior carer at Morton Cottage Residential Home where Mary had lived for eight years.

A devout Catholic, Mary devoted her life to her faith, going to church every day until she was 93.

“She wasn’t in any pain,” Debbie said. “She had been ill for some time but she had been quite active up until about a year ago”.

Mary attributed her long life to her faith, saying it was ‘God’s will’ she had lived so long when she reached the age of 103.

She was one of eight children and grew up in the Wigton Road area, leaving school at 14 to work at a newsagents in Caldewgate.

She left many years later to look after her sister Winnie when she became sick. The pair lived at Monks Close until the city flooded in 2005, when they moved into the residential home – and liked it so much they stayed. Winnie lived until she was 93.

Mary never married, instead devoting all her free time to St Bede’s Church and reading her prayer books. Even at the age of 103, she was in good health and could walk around by herself with the aid of a frame.

She also had the hairdresser coming to the home and took a pride in her appearance.

Mary, who didn’t drink or smoke, did admit to having ‘vices’ – fish and chips, and white chocolate.

A full Catholic funeral will be held for Mary on Wednesday at Carlisle cemetery chapel at 1.30pm. “She will be buried next to her sister,” Debbie said.

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