Delina Filkins at the age of 109.
|Birth:||4 May 1815|
Stark, New York, USA
|Death:||4 December 1928|
|Age:||113 years, 214 days|
Adelia Delina Filkins  (née Ecker; 4 May 1815 — 4 December 1928) was a validated American supercentenarian. She was born as Adelia Delina Ecker in a farmhouse in Stark, Herkimer County, New York. Her parents were William Ecker and Susanna Harwick Ecker. Both parents were of Dutch ancestry. In 1826, she quit school to work at home. In 1834, she married John Filkins. They ran a cheese-making business. John died in 1890. The couple had six children in total, of whom only two sons were still alive upon her death; Alonzo at age 87 (who died at 88) and Frank at age 73 (who died at 78).
On her 101st birthday, her eyesight and hearing were good. When she was 107 years old, she underwent an operation. On her 111th birthday, it was revealed that Filkins woke up every morning around 5:30 am, made her own bed, other household chores and read books. It was also mentioned that she used glasses to read, and that her hearing was worse than before. She claimed she didn’t have any secrets to her longevity.
Towards the very end of her life, her health declined and she initally refused to become bedridden. She eventually was convinced to lie down. Filkins died on 4 December 1928 at the age of 113 years, 214 days. She was the oldest living person in the world, as well as the oldest person to have ever lived, at the time of her death. Longevity was prevalent in her family, with her father living to be 97 and her mother to 78.