[Marin County Obit Board]

Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 10:36:11 :

Sausalito News
Saturday, June 29, 1901

Oldest Woman In The State
Mrs. Ramona Garcia Munos Passes Away at Bolinas

What is supposed to be the oldest woman in California died Sunday at her home in Bolinas. Her name was Ramona Garcia Briones Munos and it is claimed she was 107 years old. She was born, according to the records, in San Diego, and there are living today five generations of her descendants.

In the early years of the last century Ramona Garcia, as her maiden name was, married Gregorio Briones and came north with him. The couple settled near where Bolinas now stands. And here the old lady spent the rest of her life. Her first husband, Briones, died, leaving three sons and two daughters. She was nearly 80 years of age when she married Benancio Munos, Chilean, some twenty years her junior.

Her relatives in Marin county alone number seventy-six, including ten great-great grandchildren. The Rowson family of Sausalito are related to her. She was buried Wednesday at Bolinas in the old cemetery dedicated years ago by Gregorio Briones to all who lived on the original Briones grant. The services were conducted by the Rev. Father Burns of Novato and were largely attended, over sixty descendants of the deceased being present, representing five generations. Among those who attended the funeral from San Rafael were Henry and Peter Crane, prominent residents of that place and grandsons of Mrs. Briones.

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