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Songkhla’s oldest woman dies at age of 120

Songkhla’s oldest resident, Mrs Teep Damdaeng, died peacefully at the age of 120 years at her home in Hat Yai district on Wednesday.

Grandma Teep was survived by five children with the eldest one being 86 years old and the youngest one being 74 years old.

She was born during the reign of King Rama V in 1897 in Hua Sai district of Nakhon Si Thammarat. However, her parents did not report her birth to the district office until eight years afterward. So, officially, she was born in 1905. The family eventually moved to Songkhla.

Mrs Pongsri, her eldest surviving daughter, told the media that Mrs Teep was healthy and rarely became ill even though she was over 100 years old. She was always in good mood and was loved by her grandchildren, her neighbours and people in the community who kept visiting her.

Mrs Pongsri said her mother, when she was 75, told the abbot of Wat Kuan Kalong in Satun province that she would live up to 120 years old and she made it.

She once bet with Mr Sombat Chanasit, mayor of Tambon Maekhari in Phatthalung that if she lived up to 110 he had to give him a cow and she won the bet.

Talking about her mother’s recipe of longevity, Mrs Pongsri said often ate Namwa banana, vegetables, fish and sweetened shrimps and, more importantly, often made merits.

She disclosed that whenever Mrs Teep knew a temple was to be built in Songkhla or any neighbouring provinces, she would go there to make merits.

Thai PBS

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