ALVA—A woman thought to be Oklahoma’s oldest resident has died.

Kristine Klostermyer Brown died Wednesday at an Alva nursing home. She was 110.

Brown was among fewer than 100 people worldwide with documented proof of being 110 or older, said M.J. Alexander, a historian who interviewed her twice in the past two years.

Brown was born Sept. 8, 1897, in Bates County, Mo., and moved with her family to Oklahoma at a young age. Her uncle had staked a claim near Perry during a land run.

“We came here to prove up the land that my uncle — Mother’s brother — had come up with in the (Cherokee) Strip,” Brown told Alexander in an interview.

“My dad’s only sister lived with us, and she died of arthritis I think in her 50s. I always expected not to live any longer than she did.”

Instead, at age 65 Brown was still working as a teacher and was named “Teacher of the Year” by her division of the Oklahoma Education Association.

She eventually retired and lived on her own until a few years ago, when she was placed in an Alva nursing home at the advice of her doctor.

“Living to 100 is becoming more and more common, but to reach 110 is remarkable,” said Alexander, who featured Brown in her book “Salt of the Red Earth,” sponsored by the Oklahoma Heritage Association.

Brown studied mathematics at Columbia University, first teaching children in one-room schoolhouses and then as a professor at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Alexander said Haddie Payne, a lifelong Stratford resident, is now the oldest known living Oklahoman at 109.

Alexander said Brown was very alert during her last visit but her vision and hearing were failing. She said she appreciated Brown’s pioneer spirit and the perspective it gave her on modern life.

“She said, ‘I’ve saved these things all my life, but I don’t really need any of this stuff. It’s real friendships that truly matter.’ ”

Brown never had children and outlived most of her relatives and some of her students.

Roland Meyer, 80, was one of Brown’s students from 1948 to 1950. After fighting in the Korean War, Meyer went back to school and on to teach at Northwestern Oklahoma, where Brown was also a teacher.

Meyer and Brown became close friends. In her later years, he was the closest thing to a relative Brown could find and she granted him power of attorney.

Meyer is planning a small, private ceremony for Brown, which will probably take place on Friday, he said.

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