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Lena Ray
Lena Ray
Birth: 19 January 1902
Inglewood, Taranaki, New Zealand
Death: 14 March 2011
Auckland, New Zealand
Age: 109 years, 54 days
Country: New ZealandNZL

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.


New Zealand's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Lavinia BaskervilleHelen DixonMary LuplauFlora BartonAlexander HughesAgnes WilsonLillian BlythEthel PearsonMary CartwrightCaroline Turner-WilliamsParewahawaha Ranginui LeonardFlorence SedcoleEdith RobisonJessie LittleMary BromleyLillian HickmottArthur Bates • Ethel Keen • Jean TillieWilliam Swensson • Charles Campbell • Mary DoyleWilliam Buttler Hayes • Bertha Cole • Laura White • Ethel Booth • Mabel WachnerFlorence Finch • Irene MorganRuby Billings • Inez Newton • Doris Mackintosh • Lena Ray • Maudie Wilson • Peg Griffin • Olive Oldfield • Madeline AndersonLinda WigginsMabel JenkinsLola de la HayeMoy Kim NgNina BrownRonald HermannsJoan Brennan