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Vagrant Receives Gravestone 60 Years After Her Death

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Vagrant Receives Gravestone 60 Years After Her Death

Vigga Will Receive Her Tombstone

Vigga, pictured left, is buried at Skeiðflatarkirkja cemetery. Photo: Fréttablaðið/Jóna Þórunn

Vigdís Ingvarsdóttir, a vagrant woman more commonly known as Vigga, who died 60 years ago, will now finally receive her own gravestone. Fréttablaðið reports.

“There is nothing on her grave and there has never been, not even a wooden cross,” Jóna Sigríður Jónsdóttir explained. She is a spokeswoman for a group of six women who wish to do Vigga right. All of them met Vigga when they were young.

Vigga was born in Mýrdalur, South-Iceland in the year 1864. She was bullied by her family and decided to run away at only ten-years-old. She was a vagrant ever since and appeared to be happy, according to Jóna.

Vigga was welcome to every home she visited. “The only thing she asked for was a piece of cloth or anything she could use to decorate her clothes.” Having had the pleasure of meeting Vigga as a child, Jóna described her as a unique woman who usually wore peculiar clothing with strong colours.

After Fréttablaðið’s initial report, two companies have offered to provide Vigga’s grave with a gravestone, much to the group’s delight.

“I didn’t expect any of this but I’m feeling quite positive right now,” Jóna told Fréttablaðið. The nearby church council of Skeiðflatarsókn, where Vigga is buried, has agreed to assist the group with putting up the gravestone.

Vigdís is buried by Skeiðflatarkirkja-church, which is located north of route 1.

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