Katherine Isabel Jones, a teacher, homesteader and temperance worker who continued to teach Sunday school as she passed the century mark, has died in the Los Angeles convalescent home where she had lived for several years.
Her great-niece, Stephanie Hall, said Wednesday that Miss Jones was 112.
When Los Angeles celebrated her 112th birthday last year, complete with a commendation and a visit from Mayor Tom Bradley, there was cake and champagne. But not for her.
"I could take a sip or two, but then I don't want to be a hypocrite," said the woman who as a girl stood outside saloons to scold exiting customers or counseled prisoners who had imbibed too much.
She was born in Paola, Kan., on Aug. 30, 1879, and homesteaded in Colorado before coming to Los Angeles about 1920. Trained as a nurse, she instead became a teacher, a job she said was more fun. "While the students were learning, I was learning myself," she said.