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Grandma Moses Dead at 101

Dec. 13, 1961 - Grandma Moses, who became one of the country’s most famous painters in her late seventies, died in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., today at the age of 101. Her physician, Dr. Clayton E. Shaw, said she had died of hardening of the arteries, but the best way to describe the cause of death, he suggested, was to say “she just wore out.” She created her first picture when she was 76 years old. She took up painting because arthritis had crippled her hands so that she could no longer embroider. She could not hold a needle, but she could hold a brush, and she had been too busy all her life to bear the thought of being idle. Until her last birthday, Sept. 7, Grandma Moses rarely failed to do a little painting every day. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Dorothy Moses; nine grandchildren, and more than thirty great-grandchildren.

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