Naomi Conner on her 114th birthday. (Photo courtesy of David Ridley III)
MCGREGOR (October 25, 2013) Funeral services were held Friday for the oldest living woman in Texas, who died in a McGregor nursing facility after a life that spanned three centuries.
Naomi Conner was 114 when she died on Oct. 18.
She was born on August 30, 1899 in Warren in East Texas and had lived in McGregor for the last 65 years.
She had been a resident of Westview Manor Nursing Home in McGregor since 2003, her family said, and her daughter still lives there.
The year she was born, William McKinley was president, the term “automobile” was used for the first time, Bayer patented aspirin and the Brazos River flooded, inundating an estimated 12,000 square miles, killing more than 280 and causing as much as $10 million in damage.
On her 113th birthday, she described herself as “a little piece of leather, well put together.”
Conner is survived by three children, 17 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.
She celebrated her 114th birthday in August.
The world’s oldest living person, according to the Gerontology Research Group, is Misao Okawa, 115, a Japanese woman born on March 5, 1898.
The oldest person in the U.S., the group says, is Jeralean Talley, 114, a Minnesota woman who was born on May 23, 1899.