Gertrude BainesBorn April 6th, 1894.
Born in Shellman, Georgia, Baines is the third daughter of Jordan (1863–23 October 1921) and Amelia "Amy" (Daniel) Baines, who were married in Terrell County, Georgia, on 1 January 1887.
Baines later married Sam Conly and had a daughter, Annabelle, born in 1909, who died of typhoid fever at age 18.
In 1920, Gertrude Conley was recorded in the 1920 census as living in Hartford, Connecticut. She later moved to Ohio, where she worked as a maid at Ohio State University, before moving much later to California.
Baines currently lives at the Western Convalescent Home in Jefferson Park, Los Angeles. She lived on her own until she was 105. According to MSNBC.com, she enjoys "simple pleasures" of eating a diet of bacon and eggs, and watches shows like The Price Is Right and Jerry Springer.
Baines is a daughter of a man born into slavery and granddaughter of Peter and Avey (or Avie) Ann Bains, former slaves.
Baines cast a vote for Barack Obama in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. The only time she voted before was for John F. Kennedy.
Mary Josephine RayBorn May 17th, 1895
Born to French Canadian parents, Mary Josephine came to America at age three. Her father died when she was 7 and her mother when she was 15. Mary went out on her on, working in factories in Maine.
Later she married Walter Ray (in the 1920s; he died in 1967) and moved to New Hampshire. Later, Mary Jo retired to Florida at age 80. She lived there on her own until 100, when her family brought her back to New Hampshire.
At age 102, she moved into a nursing home when the family felt they could no longer care for her at home.
Ray continues to follow, as much as possible, the Red Sox baseball team. After watching baseball games, she often has cake and ice cream.
At her 108th birthday celebration, she was greeted with the song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and a cake with the Red Sox symbol on it. Ray has continued to buy Red Sox merchandise, and has commented that she intends to continue doing so.
Olivia Patricia ThomasBorn June 29th, 1895
Olivia Patricia Thomas, at 114 years of age, is the world's fourth verified oldest living person, since the death of Beatrice Farve on January 19, 2009.
Her nickname is The Plant Lady, because of her lifelong hobby of caring for plants.
Olivia was born in Iowa but moved to Buffalo, New York in 1946.
As of June 2009, Thomas is listed as one of the 75 longest lived people ever.
Neva MorrisBorn August 3rd, 1895
Born in Ames, Iowa to Schuyler and Carebie Freed. Neva Freed married Edward Leonard Morris in 1914. The couple had four children: Leslie, Mary Jane, Walter and Betty Lee. They lived with Edward’s parents, Gertrude Rutherford and Walter Leonard Morris, on a farm encompassing 224 acres of land.
She is a member of PEO Chapter OH, a 60-year member of Collegiate United Methodist Church, and for 75 years was active in Eastern Star.
She also enjoyed singing in womens choral groups, including one in Gilbert and the Story County Womens Chorus under the direction of Max Exner.
Neva particularly loves to sing "You Are My Sunshine."
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