Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

February 02, 2003

Hazel Penniman Luther,

113, the oldest woman in Florida, died Friday at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, where she was taken after developing a cold and high temperature.

Born Dec. 11, 1889, Mrs. Luther was the world's ninth-oldest living person, according to the Gerontology Research Group. At her 113th birthday party, she was asked if she wanted to live forever. "I think I already have," she replied.

Mrs. Luther attended Juilliard School of Music, then known as the Institute of Musical Art, and earned two diplomas in singing.

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