Dame Elisabeth Murdoch died Wednesday surrounded by her family at her home at Cruden Farm in Australia. She was 103 years old.

Dame Elisabeth, with her husband Sir Keith Murdoch, was a mother to four children, including Rupert Murdoch, Anne Kantor and Janet Calvert-Jones. Her eldest daughter, Helen Handbury, died in 2004.

Additionally, Dame Elisabeth is survived by 77 direct descendents, including 50 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.

Dame Elisabeth devoted her life to helping others and was a supporter of countless causes.

Rupert Murdoch released a statement on behalf of the family:

"We have lost the most wonderful mother but we are all grateful to have had her love and wisdom for so many years. ... Throughout her life, our mother demonstrated the very best qualities of true public service. Her energy and personal commitment made our country a more hopeful place and she will be missed by many."