A NEWPORT woman who died last week left behind an astonishing 100 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Kathleen Harvey, 97, died on Thursday, August 21, in Newport’s Royal Gwent Hospital from pneumonia.

At the time of her death she had 31 great-great-grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, 21 grandchildren and eight sons and daughters.

Members of Mrs Harvey’s family have been paying tribute to the woman they have described as “one in a million”.

Her daughter, Caroline Burrows, 75, said: “My mother was a warm, loving and caring person and everybody in the family adored her.

“We have a huge family but she was always delighted whenever she got a chance to meet her grandchildren.

“Her death has come as a shock to us all and it is a very sad time for the family at the moment.”

Mrs Harvey grew up in Cornwall where she met her late husband, Albert, serving who was from Pill, and serving in the Royal Navy.

After marrying in 1931 the couple eventually moved to Newport during the Second World War.

Mrs Harvey lived in Newport’s Gordon Street for 60 years before moving to live with her youngest daughter Tanya Doherty, 58, on Liswerry Road, Newport, five years ago.

Her entire family are expected to attend her funeral, which granddaughter Jennine Lawler, 54, said will be a great opportunity to look back and celebrate her life.

She said: “My grandmother was a lovely woman and will be sadly missed.

“When the family came together in a big group she was always the life and soul of the party.

“She also loved a good family day out and always dressed up for the occasion.”

Mrs Harvey’s funeral will take place at St John’s Church, on St John’s Road, Maindee, on Friday, August 29, at 12pm.