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Two of the Oldest People in the US, Mary Josephine Ray and Daisey Bailey, Die Within Hours of Each Other

Mary_Josephine_Ray_old Mary Josephine Ray and Daisey Bailey, two of the oldest people in the United States, died within hours of each other on Sunday, March 7th. 

When I say that they were two of the oldest, I don't mean that they were centenarians. They were supercentenarians, a label that refers to the few individuals who manage to make it past the age of 110. Mary Josephine Ray and Daisey Bailey were both born in 1895 and were planning for their 115th birthdays.

These ladies were seriously aged but, reportedly, still quite spry considering that they were born in the 1800s.

Daisey Bailey (left) and Mary Josephine Ray (right)

Even their grandchildren are probably in their seventies. They watched all the technology we take for granted come into the world. Henry Ford hadn't even built his first car when they were born. The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibiting slavery and involuntary servitude was only 30 years old. Radio was still in the process of being invented.

While Mary Josephine Ray believed that she owed her longevity to God, the common denominator for both these birds was alcohol. Mary Josephine Ray apparently always had a snifter of port at the ready, and Daisey Bailey said that her secret to longevity was regularly taking a nip of old bourbon. Maybe that's what I'm doing wrong. I've got to switch from beer to the hard stuff.

I don't know. Maybe it's boring to be all Whoa, look at how freaking old these freaking old people are, but I am fascinated. I have a spirited great aunt who is turning 103 this spring who first learned how to dance on her 99th birthday and now dances every year in celebration with her great grandchildren. I can't help but stare at her and wonder at the fact that she's still even interested in stuff.

How does one really get to be that old? Do you actually remember the first sixty years of your life at that point? Do you even still have feelings, or does everything become a been-there-done-that sort of thing, and you just laugh along to keep from falling into an ennui-induced catatonia? Don't get me wrong. Life can be a pretty decent situation, but 114 years of it might be a bit much.

It's got to be the liquor. Maybe Corey Haim should have stuck with the booze.

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Schmutzie wonders if she should go the bourbon or the port route.

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omg, can you imagine the clothes they wore as teenagers? My mind is blown, as well. Crazy!


Oh, I love this. Not that they died, but thinking of how full and rich their lives were and how much they lived. I don't know what came first, the pure and utter joy octogenarians seem to have or the constitution to live for so long, but isn't it wonderful to see people so happy with life? It really is fascinating and truly humbling to see. I love it.

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