|Birth:||19 January 1902|
Inglewood, Taranaki, New Zealand
|Death:||14 March 2011|
Auckland, New Zealand
|Age:||109 years, 54 days|
Lena Marie Ray (nee Williams) (19 January 1902 – 14 March 2011) was a centenarian from New Zealand who was the country’s oldest known living person for a month until her death.
Born in Inglewood in 1902, Lena weighed only 2.5 pounds at birth and was not expected to live. She was the youngest in a family of four and she often had rheumatic fever and thyroid problems as a child.
Lena married Robert Ray and had a son, Adrian, who predeceased her. She became New Zealand's oldest living person after the death of 109-year old Doris Mackintosh on 11 February 2011, and died 31 days later. 107-year old Maudie Wilson became New Zealand's oldest living person following her death.
- Woman believed to be NZ's oldest dies aged 109
- NZ's oldest woman survived fragile infancy
- Lena Marie Ray
|New Zealand's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (V • E)|
Lavinia Baskerville • Helen Dixon • Mary Luplau • Flora Barton • Alexander Hughes • Agnes Wilson • Lillian Blyth • Ethel Pearson • Mary Cartwright • Caroline Turner-Williams • Parewahawaha Ranginui Leonard • Florence Sedcole • Edith Robison • Jessie Little • Mary Bromley • Lillian Hickmott • Arthur Bates • Ethel Keen • Jean Tillie • William Swensson • Charles Campbell • Mary Doyle • William Buttler Hayes • Bertha Cole • Laura White • Ethel Booth • Mabel Wachner • Florence Finch • Irene Morgan • Ruby Billings • Inez Newton • Doris Mackintosh • Lena Ray • Maudie Wilson • Peg Griffin • Olive Oldfield • Madeline Anderson • Linda Wiggins • Mabel Jenkins • Lola de la Haye • Moy Kim Ng • Nina Brown • Ronald Hermanns • Joan Brennan