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Oldest U.S. Woman Dies

By Joe Gullo     Mar 8, 2010 in Lifestyle
Mary Josephine Ray, the oldest U.S. woman, passed away Sunday at the age of 114. Ray was born on May 17, 1885 in Canada.
She was living at Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland, New Hampshire. Steven Wilson, the home's activity director said, she had lived there since she was 101.
Ray loved sports and loved to play cards - especially Rummy. Wilson said she played twice a week and always found a way to win.
Ray was the second oldest person in the world. Reuters reports that according to Gerontology Research Group, Kama Chinen of Japan was born seven days before Ray.
The oldest American is now Neva Morris of Iowa. She was born August 3, 1885.
Ray outlived her husband Walter Ray, by more than 40 years. She left behind two sons, eight grandchildren, 13 great-grand-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
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