Norma Schofield
Norma Schofield
Schofield celebrating her 107th birthday in 2019
Birth: 12 September 1912
Leominster, Massachusetts, USA
Death: 21 November 2020
Leominster, Massachusetts, USA
Age: 108 years, 70 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Norma Eugenia Schofield (née Smith; 12 September 1912 – 21 November 2020) was an American centenarian who is one of the oldest known survivors of COVID-19, having recovered from the disease at the age of 107. She also recovered from the Spanish Flu more than a century beforehand, making her one of a small number of people to have survived contracting both diseases.


Early Life and Family

Norma Schofield was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, USA on 12 September 1912. Her parents were George Smith (1891–1972) and Beatrice Smith (née Smith; 1891–1995), who lived to be 103. She survived the Spanish Flu when she was six years-old; her whole family also caught it and were quarantined.

Schofield graduated from high school in 1930 and then went to nursing school, becoming a RN and working as a private duty nurse. She married George Schofield in 1934. The couple had three sons: Wayne (born 1936) and twins Charles (1939–2016) and Barry (1939–2004). Her husband died in 1990.

Later Life and COVID-19 Survival

Schofield went to the gym three times a week until she was 99. Her family had a camp on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, and until she turned 100, she would swim up and down the shore every day that they were there.

In 2020, at the age of 107, Schofield contracted COVID-19 during the coronavirus pandemic. However, she had successfully recovered by the time of her 108th birthday on 12 September, making her one of the oldest known survivors of the disease.

As of September 2020, she had one living son Wayne Schofield, more than eight grandchildren, more than 24 great-grandchildren and more than 26 great-great-grandchildren. She died in Leominster, Massachusetts, USA on 21 November 2020 at the age of 108 years, 70 days.



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