Bernice King at her 108th birthday celebration.
|Birth:||4 April 1907|
Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
111 years, 107 days
Lillian Bernice King (née Derrick) (born 4 April 1907) is an American supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). She is one of the oldest known living people in New York, USA.
Bernice King was born Lillian Bernice Derrick in Manhattan, New York, USA on 4 April 1907 to parents Joseph Thomas Derrick (who was born in the West Indies) and Maud (née Wells) Derrick. She had two siblings, Dorothy and William. She went to church until she was 13, when the confirmation director told her family that they couldn't be confirmed due to their race.
In 1928, Bernice graduated with a degree in costume designing. She spent the next 25 years designing clothes for children. Bernice married John King in the 1930s and had a daughter, Carol, with him, who sadly died during infancy. Bernice loved singing and dancing in her youth and early adulthood.
Bernice liked to travel to places such as Europe and Asia with her sister Dorothy, and at home, she would work on artistic sewing and painting projects. Her favourite subject was children. Later in her life, she was widowed.
Bernice King currently lives in New York City, New York, USA, at the age of 111 years, 107 days.
- Memories fill celebration for trio of local centenarians The Riverdale Press
- NYC woman treated to 110th birthday bash Bronx News 12 (dead link)