114-year-old Woman Laid To Rest In Madison 

Family and friends gathered in Madison today to say goodbye to Mary Ray. At nearly 115 years old Ray was the oldest living person in the United States at the time of her death. “There’s nothing to regret,” says Granddaughter Bernadette Ray, “it’s a day of congratulations and happiness as much as it is sadness.” Loved ones had their chance to say goodbye to Mary Josephine Ray. “She just loved life,” says Granddaughter Katherine Ray, “she never expected to even die but we all knew one day it would happen but it’s a sad moment but a happy one for her because she’s at rest.”Ray spent her time playing cards with her friends and she loved horse racing but nothing brought her more joy than her beloved red sox, or the excitement of going to her first game at Fenway. It was a day she’d waited 107 years for. “She was up at like 8:00 in the morning to get ready to go, it was 9:00 before we left,” says Katherine Ray, “it was a long bus trip down she was just singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” all the way down.” Before the game Ray got the chance to meet some of her favorite players and she was honored in a pregame ceremony. “They took her out on the field and gave her a jacket and a hat and she was just thrilled and she met Nomar Garciaparra who was her favorite at the time,” says Katherine Ray.She lived in Anson, Maine for 60 years where she lived, worked and raised her family before moving to New Hampshire after her husband Walter passed away. She is survived by her 2 sons, 8 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren. All of them hope to learn from the lessons she has taught them. “Stay positive, be honest to yourself, she always stayed positive and I think that’s probably a message we all need today.”