Odd news: two of the oldest people in the world – supercentenarians – have passed away within hours of each other.
The oldest person in the United States, Mary Josephine Ray, died last Sunday at 114 years of age. A few hours later, Daisey Bailey, the second oldest American at 113 years of age, passed on. L. Stephen Coles, a director of the Gerontology Research Group, stated that it was very rare for two supercentenarians to die on the same day.
Daisey Bailey was born on March 30, 1896 in Tennessee. She worked on a plantation and then in 1943 she moved to Detroit. Her secret for longevity was to eat plenty of veggies and have a little bourbon. Bailey is survived by 80 grandchildren, 70 great-grandchildren, 30 great-great-grandchildren and 69 great-great-great-grandchildren.
Mary Josephine Ray was the oldest person in the United States and the second-oldest in the world. 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 Maine. She is survived by two sons, eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. How did Josephine live so long? Her granddaughter said: “She just enjoyed life. She never thought of dying at all.”
The oldest living American is now Neva Morris, of Ames, Iowa, at age 114 years.
The oldest person in the world is Japan’s Kama Chinen, also at age 114 years.