N.B. youth shares story of 106-year-old great grandmother who has lived through two pandemics

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Most people experiencing the novel coronavirus pandemic have never experienced anything like this, but one New Brunswick woman has been through it twice.

Twelve-year-old Anna Stocker has written a story about how her 106-year-old great-grandmother survived the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918.

She got the idea from her mother, a New Brunswick teacher, who suggested she do some research about her great grandmother, Bertha Roy.

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Roy grew up in Balmoral, N.B., amid the 1918 influenza outbreak.

Stocker found that her grandmother had just turned 5 years old when the worst of the virus hit her community.

“It must have been so much harder back then without all of the modern amenities,” she told Global News.

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Roy is alive and well, living in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic in a New Brunswick nursing home.

Unable to visit due to safety measures to curb the spread of the virus, Stocker said she interviewed Roy from a distance by emailing the questions to her grandmother who transcribed the responses.



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