Estonia's oldest resident Marta Kivi dies at 108

Ms Marta Kivi, celebrating her 107th birthday in 2019.
Ms Marta Kivi, celebrating her 107th birthday in 2019. Source: Olev Kenk/ERR

Estonia's oldest resident, Marta Kivi, passed away at Rapla Hospital on Sunday, at the age of 108 years and 201 days. This makes her officially the second-oldest Estonian ever recorded.

"Mother remained active and nimble almost until the end of her life," said Marta's son, Jüri Kivi, with whom the elderly woman had lived in Kohila, south of Tallinn, regional newspaper Saarte Hääl (link in Estonian) reported.

According to Kivi's son, his mother managed with solving crossword puzzles and moving around in a wheelchair.

"Mother fell with her wheelchair on August 14, but still wanted to move around after that," Jüri Kivi said. "She was unable to do soi after a second fall on August 17, however."

Marta Kivi spent her last days in Rapla Hospital, where she died on Sunday afternoon.

Jüri Kivi added: "Unfortunately we could not be with her for her last days because hospital visitations are not permitted, due to coronavirus risks."

Marta Kivi's funeral service will be held at the Pärnamäe chapel in Tallinn. However, the family is planning to bring her ashes to Saaremaa and lay them to rest at the new cemetery in Tornimäe. Marta Kivi had one child, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Born on Saaremaa in February 1912, Ms Kivi graduated from what was then the Lääne County Teachers' Seminar in 1932. In the 1940s she returned to her old school on the island, where she worked as a primary school teacher, but also taught Estonian and German lessons as well as home economics.

In February, while celebrating her 108th birthday, Marta Kivi unveiled a rule for living a long life: "If you're hungry, you have to eat and eat whatever you're hungry for!"


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