Gertrude Weaver

American supercentenarian

Gertrude Weaver (July 4, 1898 – April 6, 2015)[1] was an American supercentenarian. She was born in Arkansas near the border with Texas. Weaver was the verified oldest living person in the world from April 1 to April 6, 2015.[1] Her age was validated in her 116th birthday by Gerontology Research Group.[1]

Gertrude Weaver
Gertrude Weaver

(1898-07-04)July 4, 1898
Died(2015-04-06)April 6, 2015
(aged 116 years, 276 days)
Camden, Arkansas, United States
Known forOldest living person

She became the oldest living person in the United States upon the death of Dina Manfredini on December 17, 2012, and became the oldest living person in the world on April 1, 2015 following the death of Japanese woman Misao Okawa.[2]

At the time of her death in April 2015, she was considered as the 7th-oldest validated person ever, and the 3rd-oldest person ever from the United States, after Sarah Knauss and Lucy Hannah. After Hannah's age was debunked in 2020, it turned out that she was in fact the 6th-oldest validated person ever as well as the 2nd-oldest person ever from the United States at the time of her death. By 2016, she is the 3rd-oldest since her age was surpassed by Susannah Mushatt Jones. In April 2023, Delphia Welford (1875 - 1992) has been validated,[3] so Weaver was in fact the 3rd-oldest person ever from the United States at the time of her death and currently the 4th-oldest.

On April 6, 2015, Gertrude Weaver died in Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center at the age of 116 from pneumonia.[4] She was the last remaining undisputed person born in 1898.[1]

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Table C - World's Oldest Person (WOP) Titleholders Since 1955 Gerontology Research Group
  2. Camden nursing home resident -- almost 117 -- now the world's oldest known person
  3. "Historical validations by the Gerontology Research Group". Archived from the original on 2023-05-02. Retrieved 2023-05-13.
  4. Chaffin, Sarah (April 5, 2014). "World's oldest person, Arkansan Gertrude Weaver, dies". KATV. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
Preceded by
Misao Okawa
Oldest verified living person[broken anchor]
April 1, 2015 – April 6, 2015
Succeeded by
Jeralean Talley