Son of slain centenarian says mom was active

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Associated Press

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 6:38 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 8 at 6:38 AM

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — The only son of a 100-year-old woman whose death last month in a Dartmouth nursing home has been ruled a homicide says his mother was still active and loved shopping.

Scott Barrow tells The Standard-Times of New Bedford the family celebrated Elizabeth Barrow's 100th birthday on Aug. 21.

The family took her out for lunch the day before she died and she was in good spirits.

Authorities say Barrow was strangled on Sept. 24.

Her son says she was born in 1909 in New Bedford and grew up in the area. In the 1920s, she was crowned "Miss Rayon" and traveled around the region to promote a local textile company, New Bedford Rayon.

She worked for Bishop Stang High School and the Dartmouth public schools for several years as a cafeteria worker.

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Information from: The Standard-Times, http://www.southcoasttoday.com

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