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Mary Bittlebrun
Mary Bittlebrun
Birth: 19 March 1864
Bloomington, Illinois, USA
Death: 6 August 1976
Arkansas, USA
Age: 112 years, 140 days
Country: USA FlagUSA
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Mary Bittlebrun (née Cully; 19 March 1864 – 6 August 1976) was a verified American supercentenarian.

Biography

She was born on 19 March 1864, as Mary Cully in Bloomington, Illinois. Her parents were Patrick and Alice Cahill Cully. She was one of 11 children. In 1876, the family moved to Nebraska. She worked as a teacher until 1902 and then became a homsteader in South Dakota and Nebraska. She married Peter Bittlebrun in 1906 when she was 42 years old. They entered the cattle business together. Their only child, Alice, died at the age of 17 due to pneumonia.

In 1920, the couple moved to Mena, Arkansas. Bittlebrun became a widow in 1954/1955 when her husband died at the age of 96. Then she moved in with ther niece's family in Dallas. She moved to a nursing home back in Arkansas when she was 101 years old.

During her spare time, she liked to read books, watch television and go to church. She never smoked or drank alcohol, which might have contributed to her long life. She claimed it to be God's will. On the occasion of her 103rd birthday, she stated that she doesn't worry about her age.

Bittlebrun died on 16 August 1976, in Arkansas, with a final age of 112 years, 140 days. At the time of her death, she was the 2nd-oldest verified living person in the world, behind Niwa Kawamoto. She was also the oldest living American.

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