Nebraska's oldest resident is now a 108-year-old Wahoo woman, following the death this week of Mabel Steiner Ragan, 112, of Albion.
Ragan, who lived at Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Center, was born Feb. 1, 1901, on a farm near Newman Grove, Neb.
She was the third child in a family of nine children. She graduated from Albion High School in 1919, and her jobs included working in the Boone County Treasurer's Office.
Russ Nore of Albion, Ragan's nephew, said his aunt worked into her 80s at the city library, then volunteered. She often would sit on the library floor and read to children.
“She did it because she liked it, not because it was a part of her job,” Nore said.
Services are pending through Levander Funeral Home of Albion.
Ragan was the 25th-oldest person in the world when she died Tuesday, said E.A. Kral of Wilber, Neb., a volunteer researcher for the Nebraska Health Care Association.
He said the mantle of oldest resident has passed to Emily Bouc of Wahoo, who will celebrate her 109th birthday next Wednesday.
She grew up on a farm and never married, said her nephew George Bouc of Ceresco, Neb. Emily Bouc helped her father in the field and her mother in the kitchen.
“She was good at gardening and a very good cook, especially her kolaches and rolls,” he said.
Emily Bouc has been at South Haven Living Center in Wahoo for the past five years, her nephew said. She needs a lot of assistance but is living comfortably.
Kral said Emily Bouc had an aunt who lived to be 104 and a cousin who was 102.
She also has a 97-year-old sister, Lillian Zimola, who lives in Wahoo.
Birthday greetings for Emily Bouc can be sent to South Haven Living Center, 1400 Mark Drive, Wahoo, NE 68066.
This report includes information from the Associated Press.
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