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)

Caroline Turner-WilliamsParewahawaha Ranginui LeonardFlorence SedcoleEdith RobisonJessie LittleMary BromleyLillian HickmottArthur Bates • Ethel Keen • Jean TillieWilliam Swensson • Charles Campbell • Mary PeterWilliam 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 Hermanns

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