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(Chicago Sun-Times)   Illinois' oldest resident has passed away at the ripe old age of 111. Plans to continue voting   (suntimes.com) divider line 28
    More: Sad, Illinois, Evanston, New England Centenarian Study, Ms. Ralston  
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2010-12-30 02:05:19 PM  
Another local article had a great quote by her on why she got upset with the attention as years went on. "I'm not that old."
 
2010-12-30 02:05:35 PM  
One can only hope to live to the ripe old age of eleventy-one. Will the funeral be held in Bree?
 
2010-12-30 02:06:02 PM  
I need to correct myself, found the quote:

"I think she got annoyed," niece Betty Ann Ralston said of questions her aunt often fielded about the secret to long life. "When she was in her early 100s, people were always commenting about her age. She said, 'I don't know why people are always asking me this. I'm not old.'"
 
2010-12-30 02:06:08 PM  
niiiIIIcccee headline :)
 
2010-12-30 02:07:40 PM  
Single at 111, what kind of animal is that if she dated 20 year old guys?
 
2010-12-30 02:08:20 PM  
When she was born, was the life expectancy even half of her age?

She may have also been one of the last person born in the 19th Century left behind.
 
2010-12-30 02:10:24 PM  
I wonder how many 19th century people are still alive
 
2010-12-30 02:11:29 PM  
ghostofreasonpast: When she was born, was the life expectancy even half of her age?

She may have also been one of the last person born in the 19th Century left behind.


FTA:
When she was born, Chicago streets were not paved and women had a life expectancy of about 48 years.

She also was listed as the 17th oldest person in the U.S. -and the 52nd oldest worldwide.
 
2010-12-30 02:13:47 PM  
 
2010-12-30 02:15:25 PM  
She looks like she's about 70 in that picture.

Nice!
 
2010-12-30 02:17:07 PM  
ghostofreasonpast: When she was born, was the life expectancy even half of her age?

She may have also been one of the last person born in the 19th Century left behind.


The article said when she was born average life expectancy for women was 48.

On a side note: My Puerto Rican roots have two sides: The Spaniard blood lives until the late 90's early 100's, but the Taino blood dies in their late 50's early 60's. If I average them out I might make it to 74. I wonder what the smartphones are going to look like in 40 years.
 
2010-12-30 02:29:56 PM  
Damned inconsiderate of her. If she could have lived until 1 Jan, her kids could still claim her as a dependent on the 1040. She has to be a dependent on 31 Dec to qualify for the tax break.
 
2010-12-30 02:40:51 PM  
Oh my God! The dead have risen and are voting Republican!

/RIP
//Hopes to make it to 75
 
2010-12-30 02:46:36 PM  
Dewey Wins: Single at 111, what kind of animal is that if she dated 20 year old guys?

Saber toothed tiger.
 
2010-12-30 02:47:17 PM  
FTA: When she was born, Chicago streets were not paved and women had a life expectancy of about 48 years. She recalled horses pulled peddler wagons down the street selling coffee, strawberries, fish, as well as cups and dishes. Rag collectors also would call out for discarded iron.

People also tied an onion in their belt, as was the fashion of the time.
 
2010-12-30 02:53:27 PM  
At this rate the Cubs aren't going to have many fans at the start of the season.
 
2010-12-30 02:55:50 PM  
Mr. Potatoass: Dewey Wins: Single at 111, what kind of animal is that if she dated 20 year old guys?

Saber toothed tiger.


Thanks, will update my urban dictionary.
 
2010-12-30 02:59:22 PM  
If she is from Illinois she will be voting Democratic from now on.
 
2010-12-30 03:08:49 PM  
I just retired at 60 years of age. Does life expectancy for me mean now or when I was born? I'm not panicking mind you as I take heart from this.
"One thing for certain is that on the whole people are living longer. For Americans born in 1900 the average life expectancy was 47.3 years (for blacks it was just 33 years). By 1950, the average life expectancy had increased to 68.2 years and babies born in 2003 have a life expectancy of 77.5 years (for blacks its 72.7). The 1900 numbers might seem frightfully low by today's standards but comparing them to ancient Rome (with a approximate life expectancy of 22 to 25 years), Americans living at that time must have felt like Methuselah. (Again readers need to keep in mind that life-expectancy-at-birth is a mean, not a median; high infant mortality conceals the substantial number of people who will live well past this age.)"

Link (new window)
 
2010-12-30 03:37:46 PM  
If she could have made if a couple of more days...died at 111 on 1/1/11.
 
2010-12-30 03:46:01 PM  
img84.imageshack.us


RIP SNOWBALL I
 
2010-12-30 05:02:02 PM  
deconstructed: I wonder how many 19th century people are still alive

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_living_supercentenarians

As of right now, sixty people
 
2010-12-30 05:20:05 PM  
Bilbo Baggins is not impressed.

/only eleventy-one?
 
2010-12-30 06:06:09 PM  
Is there any doubt ?
 
2010-12-30 07:06:21 PM  
She beat the death panels!
 
2010-12-30 11:20:33 PM  
She likely didn't die. She just put on a ring, walked away, and traveled to Rivendel.
 
2010-12-31 12:37:49 AM  
WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CARES

/Illinois resident.
 
2010-12-31 03:07:47 AM  
Mr. Potatoass: Dewey Wins: Single at 111, what kind of animal is that if she dated 20 year old guys?

Saber toothed tiger.


1 free internets to you friend, good job


PS: sad to hear she'd passed
 
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