Florence Boggs
Birth: 16 November 1903
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Death: 15 May 2016
Carlsbad, California, USA
Age: 112 years, 181 days
Country: USA FlagUSA

Florence Anna Boggs (née Ross; 16 November 1903 – 15 May 2016) was an American supercentenarian noted for being California's oldest verified resident at the time of her death..[1][2]


Florence was born in Brooklyn, New York, Navy to chief petty officer Robert Ross and his wife Leona.[3] As a teen, she worked in one of New York’s Carnegie libraries, where she was paid 10 cents an hour to wash the pages of the books with soap and water.

When she and her family moved to Syracuse, New York, Florence enrolled at the city's university. Disliking the cold weather, she sailed alone to San Francisco in 1923, aboard the USS Manchria.[3] She later enrolled at the University of Oregon, where she met her future husband, Clifton Boggs.

The couple married in 1929, and had two daughters. They were married for 62 years until Clifton's death in 1992.[4]

Her son-in-law is Ed Victor, a prominent literary agent who has received an Order of the Empire (OBE). He is married to Florence's daughter Carol.


  1. GRG World Supercentenarian Rankings List Gerontology Research Group
  2. State’s oldest resident dead at 112 The San Diego Union-Tribune
  3. 3.0 3.1 Carlsbad woman closing in on 110 The San Diego Union Tribune. 19 October 2013
  4. At 112, Florence Boggs may be California’s oldest person The San Diego Union Tribune. 16 November 2015