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Wales's oldest woman dies at 109
Victoria May Owen
Victoria May Owen lived through two world wars
The woman believed to be the oldest in Wales, Victoria May Owen, has died aged 109, four weeks short of her 110th birthday.

Mrs Owen was born in the Cadoxton area of Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan on 8 June, 1897.

A great-grandmother and mother of four, she ran a private nursing home looking after injured soldiers returning from France during WWI.

Her husband, John, a policeman, died at the age of 63 in the early 1950s.

Her daughter Joyce, 80, said she returned home after running the nursing home.

"She later returned to Barry to work in her family's grocery shop," she said.

Mrs Owen, known as May, died at the Cartref Porthkerry Home in Barry.

She moved into the nursing home just four years ago.

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