BOONSBORO - A 109-year-old woman who was believed to be the country's last living female veteran of World War I died Tuesday at Fahrney-Keedy Home near Boonsboro.
Friends of Charlotte Louise Berry Winters, who worked as a secretary for the U.S. Navy, said she was proud of her accomplishments, but she did not understand the fuss displayed for her in her later years.
"She would say, 'Why are they doing this for me? I don't deserve all this,'" said Doug Bast of Boonsboro.
Kelly Auber, who grew up on South Mountain, where Winters and her husband, John Winters, settled, recalled walking with her sister to her neighbors' house for tea and cookies.
"An absolutely refined lady," Auber said.
Winters met with Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels in 1916 to persuade him to allow women in the service. When the Navy opened support roles to women, Winters and her sister, Sophie, joined immediately, Auber said.