Born in Dublin, Ireland, January 17, 1897, Elizabeth Ann (Lily) Kempson (Mrs. Matthew McAlerney) supported the cause of a united Ireland until her death in her adopted home of Seattle, Washington on January 21, 1996, at 99 years of age. At age 14, she was imprisoned for organizing a strike at Jacob's Biscuit Factory, Dublin. She was involved in the trade union movement of the Citizen's Army. She eventually joined the rebel Irish Voluntary Army which evolved into the original IRA. She was the last surviving member of the Easter Irish Rebellion Uprising in 1916. During the week-long siege of Dublin, Kempson acted as a courier for Padraic Pearse and the other men inside the General Post Office, dodging snipers in the process, but once the fighting ended she was arrested and thrown into jail again, only to escape and leave the country using her sister's passport. When she got to the U. S., Kempson made her way to Seattle where she married Matthew McAlerney, who died in 1981. The couple had seven children, Kathleen, who died in 1987, Alice, Matthew, John, James, Betty and Peggy. A grandmother at 42, great-grandmother at 63, and great-great-grandmother of 5 at the time of her death, this feisty grandmother's greatest wish was peace through education of the children of her beloved Ireland. Lily left numerous relatives in Ireland, England and the United States.
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