Jean Christy
Jean Christy
Christy at 110
Birth: 20 August 1904
North Carolina, USA
Death: 28 May 2016
North Carolina, USA
Age: 111 years, 282 days
Country: USA FlagUSA

Mary Ellen Jean Christy (20 August 1904 - 28 May 2016) was a verified American supercentenarian noted for being North Carolina's oldest living resident.


Christy was born on 20 August 1904 in North Carolina, USA. Her family landed in Emory because her father’s health forced them to move to Virginia. They initially lived in an Emory boarding house run by her aunt, but soon moved into a home on Hillman Highway where her father ran a printing business. She attended E&H while living in the family home, graduated in 1928, and soon embarked on her teaching career – first in King, North Carolina, then at Glade Spring High School. In the late 1930s, her family returned to Andrews where she taught for the rest of her career.

On her 105th birthday, the whole town gathered to celebrate and a reporter asked what her secret was for longevity. Her answer was succinct: “Never get married. Never have children. Never go to the doctor.”

She died on 28 May 2016 at the age of 111 years, 282 days.