A 105-year-old California woman who joked about her secret to a long life – saying, “I go to heaven and I take the secret with me” – has died of COVID-19, just days before she was set to receive a vaccine, according to reports.
Margaret Sowma died Sunday at the St. John of God Retirement and Care Center in Los Angeles, three months shy of her 106th birthday.
“We were hoping to have a party if she had been vaccinated, take her out or something, we were planning to try to celebrate somehow, but it wasn’t meant to be,” Sowma’s niece Julie Bawcom told ABC7.
“At that age, anything can take you at any time, so I look back at a life well lived,” Bawcom said, adding that her aunt had been scheduled to receive the Moderna jab this week.
“Physically she would have still been up and around and moving around, and we would pick her up and