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Oldest resident of US state dies at age 115

January 7, 2015

CHESHIRE, Massachusetts (AP) — The fifth-oldest person in the world and Massachusetts’s oldest resident has died.

Bernice Emerson Madigan, of Cheshire, died at a Williamstown nursing center last weekend. She was 115.

According to the Gerontology Research Group, she was the fifth-oldest person in the world.

Madigan had said her secrets to a long life included a positive attitude, no children, a hot breakfast, glass of wine, and a spoonful of honey every day.

Madigan was born in western Massachusetts in 1899. After high school graduation, she got a job at the U.S. Treasury Department and moved to Maryland, where she lived until moving back to western Massachusetts in 2007.

Her husband, Paul, died in 1976.

A funeral is scheduled for Saturday.

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