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Tributes to Hilda, 108, who survived two world wars and the Spanish flu but died after contracting coronavirus

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Tributes have been paid to a great great grandmother from Salford who died after contracting coronavirus.

Hilda Churchill survived two world wars and the Spanish flu but died on Saturday after a short battle with the virus.

The 108-year-old did not have severe symptoms and her family had hoped she would pull through to celebrate her 109th birthday on April 5.

But she died at Kenyon Lodge care home, in Little Hulton, four days after first showing signs of the virus, and less than 24 hours after testing positive for Covid-19.

Her grandson Anthony Churchill says she will be greatly missed by her large extended family.

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“We were always with her on weekends as kids. She did so much for all the grandkids.

“She was a proper grandma as well. She would always have a pinny on and she’d be baking. She just could not throw any food away. You’d never go hungry.

“She was very loving. She couldn’t do enough for people.”

– Anthony Churchill

Born in 1911, the former seamstress, was a popular figure with her neighbours and was known for her kind nature and baking skills.

Hilda celebrating her 100th birthday Credit: MEN Media

In the weeks before her death, Anthony had started to talk to his grandma about the virus.

She was able to offer a perspective on the pandemic that few others could.

He says: “ As I was telling her about coronavirus she started talking about the Spanish flu and she remembered how bad that was.

“The whole house came down with it except her mum, who looked after everyone else."

“Sadly her little sister, who was only 12 months old, died of it.

Anthony, 49, says Hilda was in good health up until recently having never smoked or drunk much in her life and after staying active for decades.

She only moved into the care home ten months ago and, up until then, had lived alone in her home in Walkden.

The mother-of-four, grandmother of eleven and great grandmother of 14 had, in recent years, also welcomed great grandchildren into the family.

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