Two of Oldest People in U.S. Die on Same Day

Mary Josephine Ray, 114 years, 294 days, and Daisey Bailey, 113 years, 342 days, both died within hours of one another on Sunday.

Two of Oldest People in U.S. Die on Same Day

Mary Josephine Ray, 114 years, 294 days, and Daisey Bailey, 113 years, 342 days, both died within hours of one another on Sunday.

-Faye Brennan

Mary Josephine Ray

Imagine being able to see your great-grandchildren have their own children, making them your great-great-grandchildren. For Mary Josephine Ray, that possibility became a reality, as she lived to be 114 years, 342 days old, watching her two sons, eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren grow up.

As the oldest person living in the United States and the second oldest in the world, Ray sadly passed away on Sunday. She had been functioning quite well up until two weeks ago in a nursing home in Westmoreland, New Hampshire, and was looking forward to her next birthday, according to her granddaughter, Katherine Ray.

But she was not the only supercentenarian (a person over 110-years old) to pass away on Sunday. Daisey Bailey, 113 years, 342 days, of Detroit also died just hours after Ray.

Now, the oldest person living in the United States is 114 years, 261-days old Neva Morris in Iowa. Just 40 days older than her is Kama Chinen of Japan, the oldest living person in the world. (Yahoo!)

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