Friday, May 22, 2009

María Amelia López 1911-2009, Spain's Blogging Granny.

All around the world, people are mourning the passing of this original character.

MADRID (Reuters) -

A Spanish great-grandmother whose blog attracted tens of thousands of readers from around the world has died aged 97 in the northern Spanish province of La Coruña.

María Amelia López charmed readers with a homely mix of memories and chat at, including stories of a long life that witnessed Spain's Civil War and years of dictatorship under General Francisco Franco.

López, who dictated her entries to her grandson Daniel because she suffered from cataracts, became a nationally loved figure in Spain and met Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

"My grandson gave me this blog when I was 95 on December 23 2006 and my life changed," reads one of her entries. "Since that day I've had 1,570,784 visits from bloggers from 5 continents who have cheered up my old age."

A banner on her site read "Rest in Peace," with nearly 500 messages mourning her death.

A link was posted on her address. Even thou it's sad to see her go, it's interesting to see her life experiences documented for posterity. Go and read it, it's fascinating.
May she rest in Peace.

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