E. Beatrice Riley
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|E. Beatrice Riley|
|Born||Emily Beatrice Ogilvy
13 October 1896
Poowong, Victoria, Australia
|Died||15 May 2009
(aged 112 years, 214 days)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Title||Oldest Australian upon death|
Emily Beatrice "Bea" Riley (née Ogilvy; 13 October 1896 – 15 May 2009) was a supercentenarian, who at age of 112, the oldest verified living person in Australia following the death of 112-year-old Myra Nicholson on 20 September 2007. She was also one of the 20 oldest verified living people in the world. At the time of her death she was verified as the sixth oldest Australian.
Beatrice Ogilvy was born on 13 October 1896 in Poowong, Victoria. She battled illness almost all of her life after she had one of her kidneys removed. While she was young, one of her hobbies was horse-riding. Later on, she moved to Melbourne to become a nurse. Beatrice married Alexander Hele Riley in Victoria in 1926. They had two children, Clifford David Riley and Marilyn Beatrice Riley. Alexander died in 1986, aged 86 years.
Riley lived independently until she was 99 years old. She later moved to View Bank nursing home in Melbourne. In c. 2003, she was able to keep up with her daily exercises, which included touching her toes.
Riley died on 15 May 2009 in View Bank nursing home in Melbourne. At the time of her death, she was survived by her son Cliff, six grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren.
- Validated Living Supercentenarians Important note: the GRG lists persons as 'living' whose age has been validated and confirmed to be alive within the past year.
- Jackson, Andra (14 October 2008). "Australia's oldest citizen celebrates her 112th birthday". The Age. Retrieved 13 October 2008.
- Davis, Michael (14 October 2008). "Bea Riley, 112, salutes the simple life". The Australian. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
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