WESTMORELAND, N.H. (AP) - Mary Josephine Ray, the New Hampshire
woman who was certified as the oldest person living in the United
States, has died at age 114 years, 294 days.
She died Sunday at a nursing home in Westmoreland but was active
until about two weeks before her death, her granddaughter Katherine
"She just enjoyed life. She never thought of dying at all,"
Katherine Ray said. "She was planning for her birthday party."
Even with her recent decline, Ray managed an interview with a
reporter last week, her granddaughter said.
The Gerontology Research Group says that Ray was the oldest
person in the United States and the second-oldest in the world. She
was also recorded as the oldest person ever to live in New
The oldest living American is now Neva Morris, of Ames, Iowa, at
age 114 years, 216 days. The oldest person in the world is Japan's
Kama Chinen at age 114 years, 301 days.
Ray was born May 17, 1895, in Bloomfield, Prince Edward Island,
Canada. She moved to the United States at age 3.
She lived for 60 years in Anson, Maine. She lived in Florida,
Massachusetts and elsewhere in New Hampshire before she moved to
Westmoreland in 2002 to be near her children.
Ray's husband, Walter, died in 1967. Survivors include two sons,
eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and five great-great
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