Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Oldest Estonian Marta Kivi dies aged 108

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 on record.

According to Kivi's son Jüri, Marta remained active until the end of her days, she enjoyed solving crossword puzzles and was mobile in her wheelchair.

After a fall on August 17 Marta was admitted to Rapla Hospital where she passed away on Sunday afternoon.

Born on Saaremaa in February 1912, Marta Kivi graduated from the Lääne County Teachers' Seminar in 1932 and became a primary school teacher. She later moved to Tallinn and was a long-time teacher at Tornimäe School. Marta also taught Estonian and German lessons as well as home economics.

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

Marta Kivi is survived by one son, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.