[Image: a white woman with short white hair and a white jumper]

Part 8 of a series of posts honoring the Grenfell Tower victims.

Sheila Smith, from the 16th floor of Grenfell Tower

Shelia Smith, 84, had lived in Grenfell Tower for 34 years. Her son posted a “missing” message on his Twitter after the fire to try and find her, but sadly she had died inside the building. She was the oldest victim of the disaster. After her death her family released a statement via the Metropolitian Police:

“A very active and well-respected member of the local community, Sheila was cycling around London, performing yoga daily and swimming regularly in the Kensington Leisure Centre until she was 80 years old.

“With her exploration of the alternative, in her lifetime she amassed a wealth of knowledge, wrote poetry and philosophical and political thoughts, and created some highly original artwork – nearly all of which now sadly lost in the fire at Grenfell Tower.

“Sheila leaves two sons, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. As a family we are heartbroken as to this senseless tragedy that took her far too early, and will do all we can to honour her name.”