The Pendleton Panther

Oldest Person in United States dies at 114 years old

Posted on: March 8, 2010

Mary Josephine Ray

Mary Josephine Ray, the oldest person in the United States, passed away at age 114 years and 294 days. She died on Sunday at a nursing home in Westmoreland but was still lively and energetic two weeks before her death. Apart from having minor hearing deficiencies and a visual deficiency, Ray was healthy. She was attentive and alert when she was fully awake, her daily activities at the nursing home include playing bingo and singing “You Are My Sunshine”. Ray lived in Florida and Massachusetts before she moved to New Hampshire to be close to her children and grandchildren. She had 8 children,13 grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. Before she passed away, her family members visited her regularly; she even shared the same nursing home with her 90-year-old son-in-law, who spent time with her daily. Ray was the oldest person in the United States and second in the world; she was also the oldest person ever to live in New Hampshire. The oldest living person in America is now Neva Morris, who is now 114 years and 216 days old. The oldest person in the world is Kama Chinen from Japan, who is 114 and 301 days old.

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