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Updated: March 8, 2010 20:57 IST

Woman believed oldest in US dies at age 114

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This May 17, 2006 file photo shows Mary Josephine Ray during her 111th birthday party in Westmoreland, N.H. Photo: AP.
This May 17, 2006 file photo shows Mary Josephine Ray during her 111th birthday party in Westmoreland, N.H. Photo: AP.

A woman certified as the oldest person living in the United States has died.

Mary Josephine Ray, who was born in Canada, died on Sunday at a nursing home in Westmoreland, New Hampshire, at age 114 years and 294 days old.

The Gerontology Research Group says that until her death, Ms. Ray was the oldest person in the United States and the second-oldest person in the world.

The oldest living American is Neva Morris of Ames, Iowa, who is 114 years, 216 days.

The oldest person in the world is Kama Chinen of Japan. She is 114 years, 301 days.

Ms. Ray was born in Prince Edward Island, Canada. She moved to the United States at age three. She lived for 60 years in Anson, Maine, and moved to Westmoreland in 2002 to be near her children.

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