North shore woman passes away at 111; believed to be oldest in Illinois

December 30, 2010

AP Wires

An Evanston woman believed to be the oldest resident of Illinois has died at the age of 111.     

Authorities say Evelyn Margaret Ralston died in her sleep Wednesday at an Evanston nursing home. 

The Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group says Ms.Ralston was believed to be the 17th oldest person in the United States and the 52nd oldest in the world.

She was born Oct. 17, 1899, on Chicago's North Side and lived there until she moved to Evanston in 1953. She spent 43 years working as a secretary at the world headquarters of what is now the United Methodist Church.

Her niece, Betty Ann Ralston, says her aunt was questioned so many times about the secret to long life that she got sick of answering such queries.
 

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