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Obituary: 102-year-old Bradford woman died peacefully in Pakistan

A grandmother to 21 children and 28 great-grandchildren, Surreya Begum has died peacefully in Sarai Alamgir in Pakistan.

A woman who lived in Bradford for ten years before moving back to her hometown in Pakistan has passed away peacefully at the age of 102.

Surreya Begum was born in 1920 in Sarai Alamgir in the Gujrat district in the north of the Punjab province of Pakistan. She lived in Bradford for ten years between 2006 and 2016.

A mother to five daughters and a son, she had 21 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren living in Bradford and London.

She moved to Barkerend sixteen years ago at the age of 86 so she could be taken care of by her oldest daughter, Naseem Akhtar.

After losing her husband, Rajah Hayaat Khan, in 1960, Surreya brought up her six children alone and never remarried.

She was a strong woman who prayed and read the Qur’an every day. Her grandson, Ali Rafiq, described her as being a “charming person, having done a lot in life.” He added that she had a tough life, but she is now resting in peace.

She gave her last breath into the hands of her daughter, Naseem, and will be missed dearly by her entire family.

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