101-Year-Old Grandmother in Viral Pro-Life Image With Newborn Baby Passes Away

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 2, 2015   |   2:50PM   |   Washington, DC

The grandmother in the life-affirming viral photo that touched millions of people on the Internet recently has passed away. The image had gone viral on social media as millions of people are touched by the beauty and the circle of life it represents.

The photo was shared by Sarah Hamm of Gilbert, Arizona. She had brought her two-week-old daughter Kaylee Rowland to meet her 101-year-old Grandma Rosa Camfield. Grandma Rosa was born on June 13, 1913 on Friday the 13th. She was the youngest of two children and had an older brother. Rosa has three children, five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren and currently lives with her oldest daughter in Chandler, AZ.

Sadly, she has passed away, according to People magazine.

The photograph captured the hearts of millions. And it turned out to be one of the last ever taken of Rosa Camfield.

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The Arizona woman, who was seen cradling her newborn great-granddaughter Kaylee in a photo that went viral just two weeks ago, died Monday at age 101, ABC News reports.

“Grandma was always happy. I mean, she was smart as a whip, even at 101,” said her granddaughter Sarah Hamm, 33. “She was funny, and had lots of stories.”

Hamm took the photo of her grandmother and her two-week-old daughter, and it became a huge his after being posted to the Life of Dad Facebook page, where it’s been liked more than 2.5 million times.

“When I posted it, I thought a few of our fans would feel connected to it as I did,” says Life of Dad founder Patrick Quinn. “Then, within an hour, it was clear that I had underestimated the impact it would have with people, as it was shared and liked hundreds of times per minute.”

“I think it’s really sweet,” Hamm says. “My grandma would’ve loved this.”

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The pro-life movement celebrates human life at both ends of the spectrum. We fight for the right to life of unborn children who are targeted by abortions and we fight just as passionately for the elderly and disabled who are targeted by assisted suicide and euthanasia.

That’s why this touching photo resonates so much — as it depicts the beauty of life at any age, be it a little baby shortly after birth or an elderly woman who has enjoyed over 100 years of life.