101-year-old dies after photo with great-granddaughter goes viral

(Courtesy: Sarah Hamm/ABC News)

GILBERT, Ariz. (WKRN) – A 101-year-old woman has died after a photo of her holding her great-granddaughter went viral across the Internet.

Rosa Camfield’s granddaughter, Sarah Hamm, posted the photo on Facebook on St. Patrick’s Day.

“Grandma was always happy, I mean, she was smart as a whip, even at 101,” Hamm, 33, told ABC News. “She was funny and had lots of stories.

Camfield passed away Monday night at the age of 101.

The photo of her holding baby Kaylee is still being circulated all over Facebook, eventually landing on the page Life of Dad.

“We were in complete shock that the picture took off like it did,” said the co-founder of the blog, Patrick Quinn. “When I posted it I thought a few of our fans would feel connected to it as I did. Then, within an hour, it was clear that I had underestimated the impact it would have with people as it was shared and liked hundreds of times per minute.”

ABC News says the sweet photo now has over 2.5 million likes and 77,000 shares.

It has now inspired others to post photos of their families featuring multiple generations.

“Some pictures had five generations of family members in one picture,” said Quinn. “One had a woman and her great, great-granddaughter with a 112-year difference to them. The organic response by everyone as a whole was just breathtaking.”

Camfield was born on June 13, 1913 on Friday the 13th. According to ABC News, she went back to school to become a teacher in 1943 and lived most of her life in Michigan.

“My grandma would’ve loved this,” said Hamm. “She would probably yell at me for taking a bad picture of her, but no, she would probably say it melts her heart.”

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