Virginia Muise, who was believed to be the oldest New England resident, died on Nov. 2. Cause of death was not released. She was 111.
Listed by the Gerontology Research Group as the 31st oldest person in the world, Muise was born in Nova Scotia on July 27, 1893. During the 1917 ammunition ship explosion in Halifax, she was temporarily trapped in her home when the ceiling caved in. The incident eventually killed 2,000 people, injured another 9,000 and blew out windows all over the city.
Muise immigrated to Boston in 1923 and worked as a cook and housekeeper. She later served as the manager of the former Boston Lying-In Hospital cafeteria, where she remained until her retirement in 1958. Muise’s husband, Charles, was a blacksmith; he died in 1977 at the age of 94.
A lifelong baseball fan, Muise frequently took advantage of the ticket discounts offered to women at Fenway Park. She kept a Red Sox cap in her bedroom and was thrilled to see her favorite team win the World Series last month.
On Muise’s 110th birthday, New Hampshire Gov. Craig Benson proclaimed July 27, 2003 to be “Virginia Muise Day.” The supercentenarian is survived by four children, 18 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.