Photo Gallery for Supercentenarians born in the year 1893,
as of March 7, 2019.

Mollie Beard, 110

May 4, 2003; This afternoon, on the occasion of her 110th birthday, Stephen Coles of Los Angeles took these photographs of
Mrs. Mollie Beard, age 110 Mrs. Mollie Beard and
her daughter
Mrs. Mollie Saxon Beard, born May 4, 1893. ( Editor's Note: The family had believed for some time that Mollie was born on May 4, 1892; but the 1900 US Census says 1893 and the 1910 Census confirms this date). Mollie's only surviving daughter, Ms. Eunice Brandon, is now 88 years old, formerly of Hollywood, FL, but now lives with her Mother in West Los Angeles, since Eunice is legally blind. Remarkably, Mrs. Beard owns her own home and doesn't reside in a nursing home, as many Supercentenarians do. But she now has a full-time housekeeper.
Mollie was born on a plantation in Millen, Georgia (Screven County), at a time when sharecropping was still an accepted way of life, and she was mainly raised by two blacks who were considered to be a part of her family (Aunt Ellen and Uncle Tom). When she was five years old, she had to get up before dawn to hold the lantern and the buckets, while others milked their 14 cows by hand. Her own mother had 11 children (Mollie, another girl, and 9 boys). She married Mr. Frank Beard and had five children of her own (3 daughters and 2 sons). Although her husband passed away in 1928 (murdered/shot), she never remarried.
She attributes her longevity to hard work. Indeed, she worked all her life: First in the kitchen on the farm, then in factories during WW I and II making bullets. Later, she owned a restaurant for many years in Santa Monica. "I didn't do the cooking; I hired cooks for that," she corrected me.
However, her life style would certainly not be considered a model for living a healthy long life. First of all, she eats whatever she wants, and her favorite food is fried chicken! Furthermore, she drinks a shot of vodka every day and sometimes more. She smokes quite a bit (2 or more cigarettes a day)("Sometimes," she said, "If I'm nervous, I could finish off a half a carton of cigarettes in one day."). There is even a photo of her on her 110th birthday smoking a cigarette! She drinks both coffee and tea. Moreover, she doesn't exercise on a regular basis. Finally, she believes in God, but doesn't go to church. "I'm too busy!" she commented.
When I gently reprimanded her that, as a doctor, I couldn't approve of her smoking, she replied briskly, "Well, what are you going to do about it?," and over a dozen people in the room laughed heartily. Since she has always been in such good health, she has outlived many of her old doctors.

September 3, 2003; We have been informed by her niece, Mrs. Alma Warner, that Mrs. Beard died peacefully in her sleep at 7:00 AM this morning at age 110 years, 122 days. Click for her Obituary published in The Los Angeles Times, p. B20, on Saturday, September 6, 2003.

Jasper 'Jack' Britt Bennett, 110

Aged 105:
Jasper 'Jack' Britt Bennett, 105

August 1, 2018; Jasper 'Jack' Britt Bennett was born in Georgia, United States on January 3, 1893 and died in the same state on May 7, 2003 at the age of 110 years, 124 days.

Earl Brush, 111

With his son:
Earl Brush, with his son

As an older man:
Earl Brush, as an older man

Earl Brush was born in Iowa on July 17, 1893 and died in California on January 10, 2005 at age 111 years, 177 days. He remains the oldest man ever born in Iowa.

Zela Burstad, 110

Zela Burstad
Photo sourced from

April 27, 2016; Zela Burstad was born in North Dakota, United States on October 7, 1893 and died in Washington, United States on March 19, 2004 at the age of 110 years, 164 days.

Emily Calvert, 111

Emily Calvert
Photo provided by Dr. Andrew Holmes.

April 27, 2016; Emily Calvert was born in Woodbury, Devon, United Kingdom on August 30, 1893 and died in Honiton, Devon, United Kingdom on January 13, 2005 at the age of 111 years, 136 days.

Mildred Chase, 110

Mildred Chase
Photo sourced from Albuquerque Journal.

August 7, 2018; Mildred Chase was born in New York, United States on August 30, 1893 and died in New Mexico, United States on April 16, 2004 at the age of 110 years, 230 days.

Ella Coleman, 111

Ella Coleman
This photo was sourced from her Find a Grave page.

Ella Coleman was born in Wisconsin, United States on December 12, 1893 and died in the same state on September 13, 2005 at the age of 111 years, 275 days.

Maria de Jesus, 115

September 11, 2004; We have just obtained the following photo from our correspondent in Portual, Mr. Felipe Prista-Lucas, on the website of a regional newspaper called O Mirante of
Maria de Jesus,111 years
Mrs. Maria de Jesus age 111 and born in PORTUGAL on September 10, 1893.

September 10, 2005; Pedro Miguel Costa writes that "My Great Grandmother had a birthday today and is now 112 years old," In addition, he attached these two photos of the event...
Maria de Jesus,112 years Maria de Jesus,112 years with cake

Maria de Jesus, born September 10, 1893, is now aged 114. Filipe Prista Lucas reports that she is in good health and quite well... "I found her sitting at the kitchen, waiting for lunch. She still gets up everyday at around 10 AM, does her exercises, moves around with the help of a walker, spends the day sitting in the kitchen or under the sun on her porch, and goes to bed around 8 PM. She is still alert and seems to understand what is being told to her, as she waved at us and smiled when told that she had visitors."

Sra. Maria de Jesus, 115 Sra. Maria de Jesus, 115
Two very recent photos taken in the last few weeks by our Senior European Claims Investigator, Filipe Prista-Lucas, from Lisbon, PORTUGAL.

We are sad to report that Maria de Jesus passed away on January 2, 2009 at age 115 years, 114 days.


1. CNN-TV (January 2, 2009; 2:26 PM PST; TRT = 20 sec.)

2. AP, "World's Oldest Woman Dies in Portugal Aged 115" (January 2, 2009).

3. "Portugal: World's Oldest Woman Dies Aged 115 after Only Visiting Hospital Once," Seniors World Chronicle (January 2, 2009)(from London).

4. "Portuguesa viveu at, aos 115 anos Morreu Maria de Jesus, a mulher mais velha do mundo" (January 2, 2009) (in Portuguese).

5. AFP, "D,css de la Doyenne de l'Humanit,, la Portugaise Maria de Jesus, 115 Ans" (January 2, 2009)(in French).

6. "Mulher considerada a mais velha do mundo morre aos 115 anos em Portugal" (in Portuguese from Brazil)(January 2, 2009).

7. CBC News, "World's oldest person dies at 115" (January 2, 2009)(from Canada).

8. Times Staff and Wire Services, "Maria de Jesus, World's Oldest Person, Dies at 115," The Los Angeles Times (January 3, 2009).
This link posts a very nice video clip prepared and narrated by AP.

9. "114-Year-Old U.S. Woman To Be World's Oldest," CNN (January 3, 2009).

10. AP, "Portugal: Oldest Person Dies at 115," The New York Times (January 2, 2009).

11. AP,"World's Oldest Woman Dies in Portugal, Age 115" USA Today (January 3, 2009).

Lena Dionne, 111

Lena Dionne

Lena Dionne, 110

Lena Dionne pictured at the age of 110 with Daniel Kinske, who kindly provided this photo.

September 20, 2004; We have just learned that Mrs. Lena Dionne died today at age 111 years 98 days.

June 14, 2004; We have transferred an ~20-second video clip from NBC-TV to "avi" format of Mrs. Lena Dionne 111 years old, born June 14, 1893 in Massachusetts and now residing in St. Petersburg, FL. If the clip doesn't begin downloading immediately, and you get a browser pop-up asking you to associate an application with this "unknown" file type (*.avi), choose your favorite video player, like Apple Quick Time, RealOne, or Microsoft Windows Media Player. One of these should work, after allowing some time for downloading.

Margaret Dolan, 111

Scanned newspaper photo of Margaret Dolan at age 106 (in 1999)

Margaret Dolan, 106

May 9, 2014; Margaret Dolan was born in the village of Corofin, County Galway, Ireland, on August 30, 1893, according to her birth record. She was reported in the news as being born July 27, 1893 but GRG used the August 30, 1893 actual birth date. She became Ireland's oldest living person, and she died on December 2, 2004, at the age of 111 years 94 days.

Gesuina Donati, 111

October 29, 2003; Mr. Giovanni Alunni, our correspondent in Italy has just sent us this photo of
Miss Gesuina DOnati Blessings from the Pope Telegram
Signorina (Miss) Gesuina Donati, born June 9, 1893, taken on the occasion of her 110th birthday. In the photo, she is with Miss Maria del Rosario Altamirano Calleja, a Peruvian nurse who takes care of her. She was a primary-school teacher inside the Vatican (in a school for the children of Vatican employees) and therefore is well known in Roman Catholic Church circles. Her Brother was a Bishop. She received a message of congratulations and blessings from Pope John Paul II and from The Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano, both of which are adjacent (for those who are able to read Italian).

Another photo, provided by Marco Wikkerink:
Miss Gesuina Donati

We are sad to report that Miss Gesunina Donati passed away on January 1, 2005 at 111 years, 206 days.

Hermann Dornemann, 111

July 3, 2003; Mr. Bart Versieck of Belgium has sent us this photo of
Mr. Hermann Dornemann
Mr. Hermann Dörnemann who was born on May 27, 1893 in Germany.
Mr. Thomas Breining of Germany has sent us another recent photo of
Mr. Hermann Dornemann, age 111
Hermann seen here drinking beer with other members of his family. His daughter Rita Klein (63 years old) is on the right, while her husband, Bernhard, is on the left. Dörnemann is a retired electrical engineer; and now, with the death of Mr. Fred Hale, Sr. of New York, qualified to become the Oldest Man in the World. Dörnemann presently lives with his children. Klein said his Father-in-Law takes a keen interest in the family and drinks a glass of beer nearly every day.

Hermann Dörnemann died on March 2, 2005 at the age of 111 years, 279 days.

Julia Dougherty, 110

Julia Dougherty

Julia Dougherty was born in Lima, Peru on August 20, 1893 and died in Hyannis, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States on December 4, 2003 at the age of 110 years, 106 days.

Kise Endoh, 111

Kise Endoh

Kise Endoh was born in Japan on December 28, 1893 and died in Fukushima, Japan on March 3, 2005 at the age of 111 years, 65 days.

Rosabell Fenstermaker, 111

Rosabell at 100
Rosabell at age 100.

Rosabell Fenstermaker was born on November 4, 1893, in Santa Barbara, California, United States. She died in San Juan Capistrano, California on October 14, 2005 at the age of 111 years, 344 days. Her mother, Mary Phil Cota, lived to the age of 112. They are the only validated mother-daughter supercentenarian pair ever recorded.


1. E. A. Kral, "Nationally Distinguished Nebraskans: Mary P. Romero Zielke Cota and Rosabell Zielke Champion Fenstermaker: World's First Mother-Child Supercentenarians Had California and Nebraska Roots," Crete News, p. 5A (July 5, 2006).

2. Abe Winter, "Duo's Ripe Old Ages Are Record," Sunday World Herald, pp. B-1,-2 (Omaha, NE; July 23, 2006).

Agnes Ferron, 112

Agnes Ferron, as a young woman
Photo sourced from

April 27, 2016; Agnes Ferron was born in Miami, Kansas, United States on November 13, 1893 and died in Cozad, Nebraska, United States on January 18, 2006 at the age of 112 years, 66 days.

Julia Filasky, 110

Aged 108:
Julia Filasky, 108
Photo courtesy of Hartford Courant newspaper.

October 23, 2017; Julia Filasky was born in New York, United States on October 6, 1893 and died in Connecticut, United States on February 6, 2004 at the age of 110 years, 123 days.

Florence Finch, 113

Florence Finch, 113

Florence Finch was born December 22, 1893 in London but now resides in Hawkes Bay, NEW ZEALAND. She remembers horse-drawn trams and World War I. [Photo by Hawke's Bay Today]

"Oldest Kiwi Marks Her 113th with Good Friends and a Cake"

December 23, 2006; New Zealand's oldest person celebrated her 113th birthday yesterday in Hastings with cake and four friends of 35 years. Florence Finch, who was born and bred in London, came to New Zealand in 1969 when her husband died and her Daughter and Son-in-law moved to Hawkes Bay. Friend Brian Keogh said she had seen the move as an adventure. Florence is a grand old lady," he said. She recalled her Father working in "an aircraft factory stretching fabric over skinny wooden frames." He said Mrs. Finch was now blind and deaf, and it had been difficult to converse with her in the past year. "But she has her faculties and is easy to look after. She has always had a good appetite, but there's nothing of her." Mr. Keogh said her four friends just wanted to be with her to wish her happy birthday. "It was a pretty low-key affair because she doesn't like to cause a fuss." She always says, "There's too much fuss, you've got better things to do, now go home." Mrs Finch's daughter, Ellen, is in a nursing home and was unable to attend yesterday. Her grandson, Tony Gooch, lives in England. The Guinness Book of Records says the oldest living woman is Julie Winnefred Bertrand of CANADA, now 115 years old.

We are sad to report that Mrs. Finch passed away on April 10, 2007 at age 113 years, 109 days.

Gunhild Foerster, 111

December 29, 2004; Mr. Russell Corning of Northern California has just sent us this photo newspaper clipping from the Seattle Post Intelligencer of
Mrs. Gunhild (Gunnie) Foerster, 111 years
Mrs. Gunhild "Gunnie" Foerster celebrating her 111th birthday. Mrs. Foerster was born in Norway on December 28, 1893 but now lives in the Seattle, WA area. Her Daughter Marilyn Carlson, 77, is on the left; Granddaughter Siri Bach, 41, is on the right; and Great-Grandson Logan Bach, 4, is further at the right. The photo was taken at the Crista Senior Community Nursing Home in Shoreline, WA, where Gunnie lives. The Nordiska Folk Dancers and Musicians, of which Carlson is a part, put on a performance.

February 9, 2005; We have just been informed by The Seattle Times that Mrs. Foerster died on Feb. 4th, at age 111 years, 38 days.

Pasquale Frasconi, 110

November 12, 2003; Mr. Givanni Alunni has just sent us this photo of
Mr. Pasquale Frasconi, age 110
Mr. Pasquale Frasconi from Northern Sardinia. As the oldest living Italian veteran of the First World War, Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi conveyed the affection and gratefulness of the Italian people on the occasion of his birthday.

Givanni Alunni has informed us that the number of living male Supercentenarians has now fallen to an all time low with only 2 remaining out of a total of 43. He reports from Rome that Mr. Pasquale Frasconi died at his home in Northern Sardinia, where he had been living with his Nephew, on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at age 110 years, 125 days.

Bertha Fry, 113

December 3, 2004; We just received this photo of
Mrs. Bertha Fry, 111 Years
Mrs. Bertha Fry, born December 1, 1893, who just turned 111 a few days ago. Click The Muncie Star-Press in Indiana for details, as well as a mention of the GRG.

Another photo provided by Marco Wikkerink:
Mrs. Bertha Fry

We are sad to report that Mrs. Bertha Fry died on November 14, 2007 at age 113.

Catherine Furey, 110

Catherine Furey

Catherine Furey was born in County Roscommon, Ireland on April 6, 1893 and died in Saint James, Suffolk County, New York, United States on November 30, 2003 at the age of 110 years, 238 days.

Gerald Gilman, 110

Wednesday, July 9, 2003; We just interviewed
Mr. Gerald Gilman, age 110
Mr. Gerald H. Gilman, age 110, born on April 30, 1893 in Springfield, Ohio. He lived most of his life in Dayton and came to the Los Angeles area back in 1941. He worked initially as an auto mechanic and later as a model-maker for North American Aviation (later Boeing) building models for wind tunnels. He and his wife (who died in 1956 at the age of 62) had two children, and his daughter, Pauline, now age 86 is pictured above with him. Pauline is still active as a piano teacher and player. Both he and his daughter live in the Canoga Care Center in Canoga Park, California. He stated that he believes that he has lived so long because he takes good care of himself and because he tries to "stay out of trouble."

February 28, 2004; We just received word the Mr. Gilman passed away on January 1, 2004 at the age of 110 years, 246 days.

Dora Hand, 110

Dora Hand

Dora Hand was born in Illinois, United States on July 11, 1893 and died in Oklahoma, United States on January 2, 2004 at the age of 110 years, 175 days.

Elisabeth Heck, 111

May 19, 2005; These photos were sent by Herr Thomas Breining, our correspondent from Germany, of
Mrs. Elisabeth Heck, 111 Mrs. Elisabeth Heck, 111.
Mrs. Elisabeth Heck of Germany, who was born on July 11, 1893 and died on February 3, 2005 at age 111 years, 207 days. She was born in Eppingen as Elisabetha Johanna Stierle; the family moved to Frankfurt in 1899. She not only spent her childhood there but also got to know her future husband Heinrich Heck, who was born May 15, 1889. They married on February 10, 1923, and in 1930 she gave birth to their only child, Hannelore Heck. Later, the family moved to Königstein in 1938. Heinrich Heck died in 1949 after suffering a heart attack, and in 1956 her only daughter Hannelore died in an automobile accident. So, she survived her child by almost half a century when she died on February 3, 2005. She was Germany's oldest living woman for almost half a year. She gained this title on August 28, 2004, when Lina Zimmer died in Stuttgart at age 111 years, 282 days.

Marion Higgins, 112

July 3, 2003; Mr. Horace M. Higgins of Rolling Hills Estates, California, just sent us this photo of his Mother on the occasion of her 110th birthday party at Leisure World in Seal Beach, California...
Mrs. Marion Higgins, age 110 Stephen Coles,
Marion and Horace Higgins, taken July 18th
Mrs. Marion Bigelow Higgins was born on June 26, 1893 in Williamsville, New York. She attributes her longevity to good genes, wholesome foods, her love of travel, and strong religious convictions.

June 15, 2005; In preparation for an in-depth article for her 112th Birthday on June 26th, Mrs. Higgins was interviewed by
Mr Andrew H.
Malcolm and Mrs. Marion Higgins, age 111 Dr. L. Stephen Coles
and Mrs. Marion Higgins, age 111
Mr. Andrew H. Malcolm, a Feature Writer from The Los Angeles Times. Professional photos were taken by Richard, an LA Times Staff Photographer.
To the amazement of all present, including her Son Horace and his wife, Marion recited the complete text of the Oliver Wendell Holmes's poem The One Hoss Shay from memory, which she first learned as a Freshman in high school...
This four-page poem was published in 1858 by Dr. Holmes, M.D. [1809 - 1894], a Harvard Professor of Medicine and author of famous and witty poems and essays in the Atlantic Monthly magazine of Boston, MA.

It seems that Marion's hearing has improved somewhat over what it was last year. This could be attributable to eating a better diet, but we're really not sure how to explain it.

November 4, 2005;
Horace Higgins, 83, with his Mother Marion, 112
Marion has now published her next collection of short stories [3] at age 112! She was eager to attend a local community Arts & Crafts Sale, when we saw her today, so she could sell more copies of her books.


1. Cathie Merz, "Superentenarian Arrives in LW," Golden Rain News, pp. 1, 10, 35 (June 26, 2003).
2. Marion B. Higgins, Ripples on a Quiet Stream: The Story of the Life and Times of Marion Bigelow Higgins (1996).
This 122-page self-published autobiography with lots of photos had a first printing of 700 copies. A second printing of 100 more copies is now on order.
3. Marion Higgins, More Ripples on the Stream: Celebrating 112 Years of Life, 26 pages (Horace Higgins, P. O. Box 3884; Seal Beach, CA 90740; June 2005).

March 2, 2006; We are sad to report that Mrs. Higgins passed away today at age 112 years, 249 days.

Horace Higgins, 88, and Dr. Coles
October 16, 2010; We are pleased to report that Mr. Horace Higgins volunteered to donate a sample of his blood for DNA sequencing, so that we could resolve ambiguities in his Mother's sequence being performed by Complete Genomics of Mountain View, CA.

Harriet Holm, 110

Harriet Holm

Harriet Holm

Harriet Holm was born in Ostlandet, Norway on November 13, 1893 and died in the same province on December 22, 2003 at the age of 110 years 39 days. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living person in Norway.

Florence Homan, 112

On her 112th birthday:
Florence Homan, 112
Photo sourced from West Life News.

October 24, 2017; Florence Homan was born in Ohio, United States on November 18, 1893 and died in the same state on August 13, 2006 at the age of 112 years, 268 days.

Edith Jones, 110

July 25, 2003; Ms. Marianne Creed has just sent us this photo of her Grandmother, herself, and her children...
Mrs. Edith Jones in March 2003
Mrs. Edith Marian Osborn Jones age 111, born June 30, 1892 in Illinois. The photo shows Mrs. Creed's three Daughters: Stacy, Alie, and Jordan, who all traveled from Phoenix to visit their Great Grandmother in Illinois. The oldest documents we have to confirm Edith's age, the 1900 Census, say that her year of birth was "1893." While all the other documents say "1892." Therefore, in cases of genuine ambiguity, such as this, we have chosen to list her age in Table E as 110, rather than 111.

Mrs. Jones died on August 19, 2003 at age 110 years, 50 days.

Grace Jones, 112

July 1, 2003; Ms. Grace Burroughs has just sent us these photos of
Mrs. Grace Jones, age 110 Mrs. Grace Jones
Mrs. Grace Rebecca Nelsen Jones born on June 4, 1893 in Richmond, VA. She was the last child born to Danish-immigrant parents who came to the US in the 1870's, settling in Chicago before moving to Virginia about 1890. Her Mother was born in 1850. (Grace's Mother was 43 years old when she was born!)

Mrs. Grace Jones, 112
Tuesday, April 25, 2006; We have just learned that Grace Nelson Jones born June 4, 1893, passed away yesterday at the age of 112 years, 324 days. Click on her photo above for a commemorative Geocities website with music (click on the background) especially created by her family.

Matsue Kawano, 110

Matsue Kawano

Matsue Kawano was born in Japan on January 3, 1893 and died in Miyazaki, Japan on January 6, 2003 at the age of 110 years, 3 days.

Minnie Kearby, 111

On her 100th birthday:
Minnie Kearby, 100

July 31, 2017; Minnie Kearby was born in Indiana, United States on April 14, 1893 and died in the same state on April 7, 2005 at the age of 111 years, 358 days.

Florence Knox, 110

Florence Knox

July 23, 2017; Florence Knox was born in New Jersey, United States on August 24, 1893 and died in the same state on October 6, 2003 at the age of 110 years, 43 days.

Tane Komine, 112

Aged 110:
Tane Komine, 110

Tane Komine, 110
Photos sourced from

Tane Komine was born in Japan on March 18, 1893 and died in Saitama, Japan on April 6, 2005 at the age of 112 years, 19 days.

Alice Lindsay, 111

Alice Lindsay

Alice Lindsay was born in Victoria, Australia on March 31, 1893 and died in the same state on July 1, 2004 at the age of 111 years, 92 days. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living person in Australia.

Vonnie Looney, 110

Vonnie Looney
This photo was sourced from her Find a Grave page.

Vonnie Looney was born in West Virginia, United States on May 4, 1893 and died in Ohio, United States on September 3, 2003 at the age of 110 years, 122 days.

Mary MacIsaac, 112

Mary MacIsaac

March 3, 2017; Mary MacIsaac was born in New Brunswick, Canada on December 27, 1893 and died in Saskatchewan, Canada on March 10, 2006 at the age of 112 years, 73 days. She remains the oldest person ever from Saskatchewan.

Minnie Bell Maclin, 110

Minnie Bell Maclin
Photo sourced from

August 7, 2018; Minnie Bell Maclin was born in Tennessee, United States on July 12, 1893 and died in the same state on June 29, 2004 at the age of 110 years, 353 days.

Louis Marion, 110

October 12, 2003; Mr. Bart Versieck of Belgium has sent us these photos of
Mr. Louis Marion Mr. Louis Marion
Mr. Louis Marion 110 years old, who was born on October 10, 1893 and resides in Houyet, Belgium.

Mr. Versieck informs us that Mr. Marion passed away on December 28, 2003 at age 110 years, 79 days.

Irene Mergelsberg, 110

Aged 100:
Irene Mergelsberg, 100

In later years:
Irene Mergelsberg
The first photo was sourced from

Irene Mergelsberg was born in Hesse, Germany on March 4, 1893 and died in the same state on March 6, 2003 at the age of 110 years, 2 days.

Gisela Metreweli, 110

Picture of Gisela Metreweli:
Gisela Metreweli

January 17, 2014; Gisela Metreweli was born in Landsberg, Kingdom of Bavaria, Germany, on October 10, 1893. She died on July 31, 2004, in Weichs, Free State of Bavaria, Germany at the age of 110 years 295 days.

Yone Minagawa, 114

Yone Minagawa in her final years:

Yone Minagawa
Yone Minagawa, 113

On her 114th birthday:

Yone Minagawa, 114

And here she is being congratulated by her nursing home after becoming the World's Oldest Person:

Yone Minagawa, 114

Yone Minagawa was born on January 4, 1893 in Akaike, Fukuoka, Japan. She died on August 13, 2007 in Fukuchi, Fukuoka, Japan at the age of 114 years, 221 days. Minagawa became the oldest living person in Japan on April 5, 2005 when Ura Koyama passed away. She became the oldest living person in the world on January 28, 2007 upon the death of 114 year old American Emma Tillman. She remains the oldest person ever from Fukuoka prefecture.

As a young woman, Yone Minagawa married and had five children. After her husband died at a young age, she decided to support her children by selling flowers and vegetables at a coal mine. Until 2005, Minagawa lived alone in the Momochi apartment building in Nishijin, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka, near Seinan Gakuin University. She then moved to Keijuen, a special nursing home in her native Akaike. Minagawa enjoyed playing the shamisen. Even at 114, she participated in club activities in a wheelchair and "danced" along to music. She outlived four of her five children, but left six grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

Consuelo Moreno-Lopez, 111

Consuelo Moreno-Lopez

Consuelo Moreno-Lopez was born in northern Morocco on February 5, 1893 and died in Virginia, United States on November 13, 2004 at the age of 111 years, 282 days. She remains the oldest verified person ever from Morocco.

Virginia Muise, 111

November 2, 2004;
Mrs. Virginia Muise
Mrs. Virginia Muise of New England was born in Halifax, Canada and died today in New Hampshire at age 111 years, 97 days. Click on her photo for an obituary from The Los Angeles Times.

Waki Muneta, 111

Waki Muneta

April 9, 2018; Waki Muneta was born in Japan on March 22, 1893 and died in Japan on January 20, 2005 at the age of 111 years, 304 days.

Serafina Naccarato, 112

Serafina Naccarato

March 30, 2015; Serafina Naccarato was born in Lago, Calabria, Italy, on October 10, 1893. She died on March 29, 2006, in Ancona, Marche, Italy at the age of 112 years, 170 days.

Opal Neerman, 110

Opal Neerman

Opal Neerman was born in Indiana, United States on December 18, 1893 and died in Florida, United States on May 11, 2004 at the age of 110 years, 145 days.

Lydia Newton, 112

July 9, 2003; Mr. Richard Rader of San Clemente, CA has sent a photo of his Grandmother,
Lydia Newton, age 110
Mrs. Lydia Newton, on the occasion of her 110th birthday on March 23, 2003. Also in the photo are Lydia's Daughter, Marguerite, and Great-Great-Grandson Michael, 13 years old.

Lydia Newton, age 112
October 31, 2005; We are sad to report that Lydia Newton died yesterday evening at age 112 years, 221 days. The photo above is taken from The National Geographic magazine, "The Secrets of Long Life," Vol. 208, No. 5, p. 27 (November 2005). She is quoted as saying, "The Bible tells you not to eat pork, so I prefer beans, cheese, bread, and a slice of birthday cake [once a year]."

Borghild Nilsen, 110

Undated photo:
Borghild Nilsen

On her 110th birthday:
Borghild Nilsen, 110

Borghild Nilsen was born in Ostlandet, Norway on December 2, 1893 and died in the same province on March 3, 2004 at the age of 110 years, 92 days.

Mutsu Nomoto, 110

Aged 100:
Mutsu Nomoto, 100

April 11, 2018; Mutsu Nomoto was born in Japan on October 7, 1893 and died in Kagoshima, Japan on December 20, 2003 at the age of 110.

Fuji Nozawa, 110

Aged 109:
Fuji Nozawa, 109
Photo sourced from

January 7, 2018; Fuji Nozawa was born in Japan on September 20, 1893 and died in Gunma, Japan on September 6, 2004 at the age of 110 years, 352 days.

Estella Oliver, 110

Estella Oliver

Estella Oliver was born in New York, United States on June 20, 1893 and died in Florida, United States on June 1, 2004 at the age of 110 years, 347 days.

Flossie Page, 112

Flossie Page

Flossie Page was born in Kansas, United States on June 12, 1893 and died in the same state on February 22, 2006 at the age of 112 years, 255 days.

Grazia Spadafino Papalino, 111

October 16, 2003; Mr. Giovanni Alunni, our correspondent in Italy, has just sent us this photo (by way of Sra. Andrea Massari) of
Mrs. Grazia Spadafino Papalino
Mrs. Grazia Spadafino Papalino, age 110, born in Bari, Italy on October 13, 1893, and who still lives there in a nursing home.

November 29, 2004; We are sad to report that Mrs. Grazia Spadafino Papalino died today at age 111 years, 47 days.

Edna Parker, 115

April 20, 2006; Shelbyville, IN (AP) - We have just obtained this photo of
Edna Parker at her 113th Birthday Party Edna Parker, 113
Mrs. Edna Parker born in Morgan County, Indiana on April 20, 1893. She is currently Indiana's oldest person and celebrated her 113th birthday today. Edna Parker helped release 113 balloons -- one for each of her years -- during her birthday bash.


According to the UCLA-based Gerontology Research Group, Parker is the fourth-oldest person in the United States and the ninth-oldest documented person in the world.

Parker, who has a 100-year-old sister who lives in Kansas, has lived at Heritage House Convalescent Center in Shelbyville for the past eleven years. Among the party guests was the world's tallest woman, seven-foot-seven Sandy Allen, who also lives at the nursing home about 25 miles Southeast of Indianapolis.

April 12, 2007;
Edna Parker, April 2007
"Look what I got." -- Mrs. Edna Parker shows her Grandson Don Parker the early birthday flowers she received. Yesterday, representatives from the US Social Security Administration feted her less than two weeks before her 114th birthday. -- Heather Charles/The Indianapolis Star Alliance.

Edna Parker at 114
Edna Parker, at 114, is the oldest living American. She is getting ready to let go of one of the 114 balloons she released on Friday in honor of her birthday at the Heritage House Convalescent Center in Shelbyville, IN.

August 17, 2007;
Edna Parker with Kole Scott (Center)
Edna Parker with her 7-month-old Great Great Grandson Kole Scott

April 18, 2008;
Edna Parker, ~115
Mrs. Edna Parker holds a rose that she was given during a birthday party for her in Shelbyville, IN, on Friday, April 18, 2008. Parker, who was born April 20, 1893, is the oldest known living person, according to Guinness Book of Records. She will turn 115 on Sunday, April 20th. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings).

November 26, 2008; We are sad to report that Mrs. Parker passed away today at the age of 115 years, 220 days. She was the 14th oldest validated Supercentenarian in history.

December 27, 2016; We have now obtained earlier photos of Edna Parker:

Aged 1 (in the middle):
Edna Parker, 1

In her 30s, with family (far left):
Edna Parker, in her 30s


1. AP, "Woman Dies at 115 As World's Oldest Person: Edna Parker Was Born in 1893," Nebraska Beatrice Daily Sun, pp. A-1,-8 (November 28, 2008).

2. "Oldest-Person in World Dies at 115," Omaha World Herald, p. A-4 (November 28, 2008).

3. AP, "Indiana Woman Dies at 115 As World's Oldest Person" (November 27, 2008).

4. AP, "Edna Parker, World's Oldest-Known Person, Dies in Indiana Nursing Home at 115 Years, 220 Days" The Chicago Tribune (November 27, 2008).

5. Elaine Woo, "Edna Parker Dies at 115; Former Teacher Was World's Oldest Person" The Los Angeles Times, p. B8 (November 28, 2008).

6. "Indiana: World's Oldest Person Dies," The Wall Street Journal, pp. A1, 10 (November 28, 2008).


Lucie Pere-Pucheu, 112

August 15, 2004; Our correspondent from France, Monssieur Laurent Toussaint, has just sent us a copy of this photo from La Republique des Pyrénées newspaper of
Lucie Pere-Pucheu, 111 Lucie Pere-Pucheu, 112
Madam Anne Leonie (Lucie) Pere-Pucheu born in France on August 13, 1893, and now 112 years old. The second photo was taken on the occasion of her 112th birthday party.

We are sad to report that Lucie Pere-Pucheu passed away on April 6, 2006 at age 112 years, 236 days.

Maria Pettigrew, 111

Maria Pettigrew, 111
July 6, 2011; Maria Pettigrew was born in Scotland on October 27, 1893. She passed away on November 26, 2004 at age 111 years 30 days.

Enrichetta Piazza-Bonalumi, 110

Enrichetta Piazza-Bonalumi

Enrichetta Piazza-Bonalumi was born in Lombardy, Italy on July 24, 1893 and died in the same region on October 13, 2003 at the age of 110 years, 81 days.

Maebelle Plant, 111

February 25, 2003; Mr. David Spicer and Ms. Carolyn Horton have provided us with this photograph of
Maebelle Plant, age 110
Mrs. (Eleanor) Maebelle (nee Barnes later Gallops) Plant of Pace, Florida, who was born on February 25, 1893 and has just now turned 110 years old. Unlike most of our other cases, her age was verified months ago, but we held off listing her, hoping that she would make it to her 110th birthday. And apparently she has. Born in Alabama, she moved to Florida at a young age. She married in 1912; her eldest son would be 90-years-old, if he is still alive today, and she does have an 88-year-old daughter. She is one of a dwindling number of living "white sharecroppers," a job more often reserved for blacks but one that history has forgotten was a system for poor white farmers as well.

Another photo provided by Marco Wikkerink:
Maebelle Plant

"Florida's Oldest Resident, Eleanor Maebelle Barnes Gallops Plant, Has Died at 111"

October 21, 2004; Pensacola, FL ( AP) -- Known as "Granny Plant," she was listed as the oldest person in Florida, ninth in the United States and 23rd in the world by the Gerontology Research Group based in Los Angeles. Plant died Tuesday at her home in Pea Ridge, an unincorporated Florida Panhandle community nestled between Milton and Pace about 10 miles northeast of Pensacola.

She arrived in Santa Rosa County by covered wagon in 1911 with her parents and 10 siblings from Brantley, AL. "There is no particular secret to long life, but treating people right, working hard, staying active, living right and loving the Lord doesn't hurt," Plant said in an interview on her 109th birthday. She outlived two husbands, all her siblings and six of her nine children. Plant is survived by about 150 descendants spanning five generations. She survived colon cancer without chemotherapy or radiation and was cancer-free for 25 years.

Plant lived in Pea Ridge most of her adult life and was known for voting in every election since women were given that right in 1920. "She was a treasure we were proud to have in our community," said U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Chumuckla. "At 111, you've got to think of all the changes she saw in her lifetime. All of the things we take for granted today weren't even thought of when she was born."

Doris Prater, 111

Doris Prater
Photo provided by Dr. Andrew Holmes.

April 27, 2016; Doris Prater was born in Thames Ditton, Surrey, United Kingdom on October 26, 1893 and died in Rugby, Warwickshire, United Kingdom on January 21, 2005 at the age of 111 years, 87 days.

Elva Rudder, 110

Elva Rudder, as a young woman
Photo sourced from her Find a Grave page.

April 27, 2016; Elva Rudder was born in Mississippi, United States on February 12, 1893 and died in the same state on November 28, 2003 at the age of 110 years, 289 days.

Giulia Sani-Casagli, 112

September 6, 2006; Our senior correspondent in Rome, Sr. Giovanni Alunni sent us this photo of
Giulia Sani-Casagli, 112

An earlier photo:
Giulia Sani-Casagli
Sra. Giulia Sani-Casagli, born September 15, 1893; she passed away on September 4, 2006 at age 112 years, 354 days. Click on the photo for more details (in Italian).

Maude Scott, 110

Maude Scott

Maude Scott was born in New York, United States on November 26, 1893 and died in the same state on March 26, 2004 at the age of 110 years, 121 days.

Mary Smith, 112

Mary Smith

"Determination Keeps 111-Year-Old Living Ohio Woman Is 30th Oldest Person In World"

March 2, 2005; Jefferson, OH --- Mrs. Jean Waldron says she knows one thing for sure about her 111-year-old mother: She's determined. Researchers say Mary Margaret Dean-Smith is the oldest person in Ohio. The determination described by her daughter likely helped Dean-Smith survive a bout of pneumonia last month. Waldron says she agonized over whether to follow a doctor's recommendation to put her mother on a feeding tube. She says she decided she couldn't do it. The next day, her Mother started to drink normally. Dean-Smith was out of the hospital after four days and went back to the Jefferson Geriatric and Rehabilitation Center, where she has lived for about four years. Dean-Smith was born in 1883 in Pittsburgh. The Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group says she's the 30th-oldest person in the world.

May 24, 2006; We have just received word from her family that Mrs. Smith passed away yesterday at the age of 112 yeas, 228 days.

Frieda Staaf, 111

Frieda Staaf
Photo sourced from Burlington Hawk Eye.

August 4, 2005; Burlington, IA ( The Hawk Eye) -- Frieda E. Staaf [1893 - 2005], 111 of Warsaw, IL died on Tuesday, August 2, 2005, at the Montebello Healthcare Center in Hamilton, IL. She was born October 20, 1893 in Rocky Run Township south of Warsaw; she was the Daughter of Henry and Charlotte Mund Wemhoner. On June 25, 1919, she married Albert H. Staaf near Warsaw. He died in 1976. Mrs. Staaf was a lifelong resident of the Warsaw area and a member of First United Presbyterian Church in Warsaw. She liked to quilt and quilted for many people. Survivors include one daughter, Marie Schmidt of Warsaw; four nieces and two step-grandchildren of Wisconsin. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by one Son, one Grandson, five Sisters, one in infancy, and two Brothers, one in infancy.

Germaine Stadler, 111

November 10, 2004; Bart Versieck of Belgium has just sent us this photo of
Mrs. Germaine Stadler, 111
Mrs. Germaine Maria Henriette Stadler at age 111.

February 14, 2005; We are sad to report that Germaine Stadler passed away today at age, 111 years, 322 days.

Emma Stark, 110

February 3, 2003; Mr. Louis Epstein of New York has just sent us this photo of
Emma Stark, age 110

Mrs. Emma (Headland) Stark taken on January 1, 2003 on the occasion of her 110th birthday party with her Great, Great Grandchildren: Nichole Marie (Left), Danielle (Center), and Gary (Right).

Another photo, provided by Marco Wikkerink:
Emma Stark

Emma Stark, 110
The last photo was sourced from Press and Sun-Bulletin.

We have now learned that Mrs. Emma Stark died on June 1, 2003 at 110 years, 151 days.

Helen Stetter, 113

These photos courtesy of Joan Allen and our representative from Nebraska, Mr. E. A. Kral...

On her 110th birthday:
Helen Stetter, 110

On her 113th birthday:
Helen Stetter, 113

1. Abe Winter, "Valentine Woman Celebrates 113th," Omaha World Herald, pp. B1,2 (November 18, 2006).

2. AP, "Nebraska Woman is Fifth Oldest in Nation," Lincoln Journal Star (November 18, 2006).

June 1, 2007; We are sad to report that Mrs. Stetter passed away this afternoon...

Nebraska's Oldest Resident Dies at 113

Saturday, June 2, 2007; Valentine, NE -- After a life touching three centuries in Nebraska, Helen Stetter has died at the age of 113. She was believed to have been the oldest living Nebraskan, the oldest to have lived her entire life in the state and the world's fourth-oldest person.

She was born Nov. 18, 1893, in Chadron. She died Friday in a Valentine nursing home. Stetter lived in the same Valentine house until moving to the nursing home 18 years ago. Valentine is in west-central Nebraska, near the South Dakota border.

Stetter had lived to become the second-oldest living American and the second-oldest person in the history of Nebraska, said E.A. Kral, a Wilber, NE, resident who does research on people who live to be 100. "She has lived in the state longer than anyone else in history her entire life," Kral said. "Helen Stetter never married, never had a driver's license, and was in good health other than losing her sight and some of her hearing, said her second cousin, Bob Stetter, 70. "Helen didn't really get excited about anything," he said. "She was on an even keel most of the time." Helen Stetter is listed in Guinness World Records 2007 as being among the 12 oldest living people. A representative of the nursing home said the exact cause of death was not yet known. "She wasn't in any pain or sick or anything," Bob Stetter said. "Old age just finally got her."

Source: Lincoln Journal Star.

Grace Styck, 112

Grace Styck
This photo was sourced from her Find a Grave page.

Grace Styck was born in Illinois, United States on December 15, 1893 and died in the same state on March 6, 2006 at the age of 112 years, 81 days.

Corinne Dixon Taylor, 113

As a young woman:
Corinne Dixon Taylor, as a young woman

As an older woman:
Corinne Dixon Taylor, as an older woman

Corinne Dixon Taylor was born in District of Columbia, United States on April 2, 1893 and died in the same state on February 14, 2007 at age 113 years, 318 days. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living American. She is also the oldest person ever from District of Columbia.

Born as Corinne Dixon, she married John Taylor, a bricklayer, in 1918. They had six children and Corinne worked as a homemaker. At one point, she lived in Frederick Douglass' house. Taylor collected elephant figurines and was able to acquire an extensive collection of over 300 such specimens from around the world. She outlived three of her six children.

Aloysia Tilscher, 110

November 14, 2004; Mr. Thomas Breining has sent us these photos of
Mrs. Aloysia Tilscher, 110 years Mrs. Tilscher and family
Mrs. Aloysia Tilscher and her family. She was born on December 9, 1893. Since 1960, she has lived in Nürnberg in the German state of Bavaria. But she had been the oldest resident for only 3.5 months, having received this title after the passing of Gisela Metreweli on July 31, 2004. She moved to a local nursing home at age 103 after suffering a stroke. She never married and had no children. After graduating in 1915, she taught home economics and handicraft Her closest relative was her 90-year-old niece, Mrs. Kwapil, who provided the necessary documents for our GRG validation process. Aloysia has been reported to be deteriorating rapidly, having lost more than 20 Kg during the Summer, and the nursing home staff reported that they did not expect her to reach her 111th birthday. Indeed, she passed away on November 8, 2004 at age 110 years, 335 days, approximately one month shy of that age.

Litta Walker, 110

July 7, 2003; Nebraska Centenarian researcher Mr. E. A. Kral has just sent us this photo of
Mrs. Litta Walker, age 110
Mrs. Litta Walker, age 110, born March 23, 1893 died on January 13, 2004.

Here ends the Photo Gallery for Supercentenarians born in 1893. Click on a link below to view our Photo Gallery for Supercentenarians born in another year.