Maria, the second-eldest daughter, was the basis for the Louisa character in 'The Sound of Music.'

8819 265 2 LINKEDIN 32 COMMENTMORE

So long, farewell to Maria von Trapp, the last surviving member of the Trapp Family Singers made famous in The Sound of Music. She died Tuesday, at age 99, at her home in Vermont.

"She was a lovely woman who was one of the few truly good people," her brother Johannes von Trapp said. "There wasn't a mean or miserable bone in her body. I think everyone who knew her would agree with that."

In 1938, the family escaped from Nazi-occupied Austria and performed concert tours throughout Europe and then a three-month tour in America.

Their story was turned into the film and Broadway musical The Sound of Music. It tells the story of an Austrian woman who married a widower with seven children and teaches them music.

Maria von Trapp was the second-eldest daughter and was portrayed as Louisa in The Sound of Music.

The family moved to Vermont in 1942 and they still operate a lodge in Stowe, Vt.

Her stepmother, also named Maria, died in 1987.

Contributing: Associated Press

8819 265 2 LINKEDIN 32 COMMENTMORE
Read or Share this story: http://usat.ly/1bxSCow