Britain's second oldest woman Annie Butler dies aged 112

Leamington and Warwick's last living link with the 19th century has been broken with the death of Annie Butler.

Mrs Butler, who at 112 was he second oldest woman in the country, was still living on her own and in good health until the end. Doctors said she died of old age.

Her son Peter, 80, described her as "an extraordinary lady".

He said: "My mother was a very independent lady and never did anything to excess.

"She was like most mothers - good and kind, but she was also a good disciplinarian."

Born Annie Allen in Castle Lane, Warwick, on June 4, 1897, the tailoress married Edward Butler in 1922.

The couple lived in Warwick for 20 years. They moved to New Milton, near Bournemouth, in the 1960s, but Mrs Butler returned to Leamington after being widowed 24 years ago.

Peter said she enjoyed listening to music, reading and making clothes, adding: "She had all her faculties until the end and was bright and alert and mentally very quick.

"She was an extraordinary lady."

A funeral service will take place at Holy Trinity church in Beauchamp Avenue, Leamington, on Monday October 12 at 1.30pm, followed by the cremation at Oakley Wood.

Donations may be sent to Myton Hospice or Cancer Research UK.