Churchill’s Last Child

churchill's daughter diesMary Churchill, Winston’s last surviving daughter, dies

From BBC New

Lady Mary Soames, Winston Churchill’s last surviving child, has died in England at the age of 91.

She died on Saturday at her home after a short illness.

She was the youngest of the five children of the wartime prime minister and his wife Clementine.

Prime Minister David Cameron described her as “a wonderful, warm-hearted woman who could always put others at ease” and said he and his wife Samantha “felt privileged to know mary soamesher”.

One of her sons, the Conservative MP and former minister Nicholas Soames, said: “She was a truly remarkable and extraordinary woman, who led a very distinguished life.”

Born Mary Spencer-Churchill, she served in the auxiliary territorial service during World War Two, manning anti-aircraft batteries in London, Belgium and Germany.

She accompanied her father on several of his most important trips, including to the 1945 Potsdam Conference, where Churchill, Stalin and US President Harry Truman discussed the future of post-war Germany and Europe.

She enjoyed a lifetime of public service and through both birth and marriage, had life-long association with the Conservative Party.