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Tributes to Scotland’s oldest person as Louisa Wilson dies aged 109

The family of Scotland’s oldest person have paid tribute following her death aged 109 – saying her independence and caring spirit remained until the end.

Louisa Wilson, from Ayr, was born the year the Titanic sank and lived through two World Wars, the Spanish Flu outbreak and then coronavirus.

The great gran – known as Louie – previously told the Record the secret to a long and happy life was a constant supply of Werther’s Original and hard work.

And the centenarian was still satisfying her sweet tooth and helping with the dishes not long before she passed away peacefully from old age with her daughters by her side.

Louisa with daughters Muriel and Eleanor, granddaughter Amy and great grand daughter, Elle.

Daughter Muriel said: “Mum had her 109th birthday and died three weeks after.

“I don’t know if my mother really knew she was Scotland’s oldest person but she was aware it was a big birthday. She was so amazed at all the flowers and cards.

“She passed so peacefully at home with her family so we have no regrets, but of course we miss her.

“She was a great positive force in all our lives and a real mother figure for many.”

Born in Glasgow’s Shawlands in 1912, Louisa was the eldest of five siblings.

Tributes to Scotland's oldest person as Louisa Wilson dies aged 109
Louisa in 1917, aged five

She married husband Robert in 1941 and the couple moved to Paisley, where Louisa worked as a clerical assistant at a textile factory and also manned the cloakroom at a dance hall – earning around 62p a night in today’s money.

The couple later settled in Ayr and had daughters Muriel and Eleanor before Robert passed away in 1989.

Throughout her life, Louisa was known as a care giver and in a note she wrote before she died, she described herself as a “quiet and unassuming woman, always ready to help or listen.”

Tributes to Scotland's oldest person as Louisa Wilson dies aged 109
Louisa and husband Robert at their wedding in 1941

Muriel said: “People always said she had a wee twinkle in her eye and was quite mischievous.

“She didn’t like to be a burden on anyone and was still managing to put the dishes away two or three weeks before she died.

“She was always very grateful for all the help she got and offered to make her carers a cup of tea.

“She hated violence and cruelty and liked a peaceful atmosphere.

“Her brother was killed in the second world war and her father suffered with what he had seen in the first world war. She didn’t like to hear some of the things going on in the news and would get upset and say ‘why are we still fighting? We don’t seem to have learned anything from history.’ But if her family was happy she was happy.”

As well as her penchant for Werther’s Original, Louisa loved making her famous puddings and was still enjoying ice cream the day before she died.

Tributes to Scotland's oldest person as Louisa Wilson dies aged 109
Louisa was known for her sweet tooth

Muriel said: “Three weeks before her birthday my mother was able to go down to Rozelle Park in Ayr and sit in the sunshine enjoying the surroundings.

“She would also go down and sit on the wall outside and some of the neighbours would pass and chat to her because she was known as the ‘Belle of Bellvue’.

“She was always welcoming of people to her home. We’re trying to carry on that tradition in her memory by looking out for people who may be a bit lonely and keep up that sense of hospitality she gave others.”

Popular Louisa received 60 cards when she turned 109 on July 25 – including her sixth from the Her Majesty the Queen.

She was the oldest known living person in Scotland following the death of Janet Mackay in late February, who passed away aged 110.

Louisa also leaves behind grandchildren Amy and Stuart and two-year-old great granddaughter Elle.

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