Two years after she stopped working, the woman died.
Meng Axiang married at the age of 14 with a cousin in Tongshan, China. In all, he had seven children, but three were born with mental disabilities. For this reason, this woman never wanted to stop working, at least as long as she had the strength to do so in a farm in the Chinese province of Hubei.
The South China Morning Post news portal reports that Meng refused to leave home for fear of leaving the children alone. He did it even when it was urgent and necessary, like going to the hospital when he fell ill.
When he died at the age of 92 – two months after one of his disabled children died – Meng left the two children with mental health problems assured. The elderly woman was able to leave half a ton of rice, enough corn for several months, canola oil, three chickens and a cow.
After Meng died, the second child with mental disabilities also died, leaving only one of the children in distress who was taken care of by Le Jianjiu, the younger descendant of the elderly woman.