She left home at the age of 16 and worked until illness prevented her from doing so at the age of 70.
Her life was far from easy. She separated from her husband when her daughter was four years old and became the primary breadwinner for the family. She took jobs that paid as well as you could get, but they were usually factory-type work, where you put in long hours with heavy, gruelling physical labour. She was a small woman but she didn’t let that stop her from keeping up with the men and doing her fair share.