Iris Westman, who at age 115 was the oldest living person in North Dakota and the second oldest living person in the United States, died Sunday, Jan 3, in Northwood, N.D.
Westman was born Aug. 28, 1905, on the family farm near Aneta, N.D. She had lived in Northwood Deaconess Health Center Nursing Home, where she died Sunday, since 2012. She moved to the nursing home from Grand Forks when she was 106.
Westman, a 1928 UND graduate and longtime educator before her retirement in 1972, taught in the North Dakota towns of Killdeer, Aneta and Hillsboro and in the Minnesota cities of Staples and Worthington.
A private service will be held in the spring in Silent Hill Cemetery, Aneta. Funeral arrangements are with Stanley-Iverson Funeral Home, McVille, N.D.
Westman was not just the oldest living North Dakotan; she may have been one of, if not the oldest, farmer in the nation.
Here are some stories from over the years talking about Westman and her life: