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Mary Kelly
Mary Kelly
Birth: 7 June 1851
Southfield, Michigan, USA
Death: 30 December 1964
Long Beach, California, USA
Age: 113 years, 206 days
Country: USA FlagUSA
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Mary Kelly (née Young) (7 June 1851 – 30 December 1964 [1]) was a verified American supercentenarian. She lived to the age of 113 years, 206 days. She was the world's oldest verified living person, following the death of Marie Olsen until her own death. She was the second oldest verified person ever, after Delina Filkins. She also held the title of the oldest person ever from the state of Michigan until Maud Farris-Luse surpassed her age in 2000. She was also, the third person to reach the age of 113, after Delina Filkins and Betsy Baker.

Biography

Mary Martha Young was born on 7 June 1851 in Southfield, Oakland County, Michigan, United States. Her father was John A. Young. She married Albert Kelly in 1873; they had 3 children. Albert Kelly died at the age of 34, in a windmill accident in Clinton County, Iowa. She remained a widow for the last 84 years of her life. She was an avid reader, and only gave up at the age of 108 due to eyesight problems. At the age of 106, she said "People think I am an old woman. I don't think so, I don't feel old in my way of thinking." Kelly lived independently until the age of 106 when she moved into Long Beach General Hospital. At 110, Kelly was noted to still be cheerful and positive though she spent most of her time sleeping. She was survived by 3 grandchildren.[2]

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World's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Betsy BakerChristina Karnebeek-Backs • Marie Olsen • Mary Kelly • Elizabeth Kensley • William Fullingim • Hannah Smith • John Mosley Turner • Johanna Booysen • Marie Bernatkova • Ada Roe • Josefa Salas Mateo • Alice Stevenson • Elizabeth Watkins • Mito Umeta • Niwa Kawamoto • Sophia DeMuth • Marie-Virginie Duhem • Fannie Thomas • Augustine Tessier • Nellie Spencer • Emma Wilson • Mathew Beard • Augusta Holtz • Mary McKinney • Anna Eliza Williams • Florence Knapp • Jeanne Calment • Marie-Louise Meilleur • Sarah Knauss • Eva Morris • Marie Bremont • Maud Farris-Luse • Grace Clawson • Adelina Domingues • Mae Harrington • Yukichi Chuganji • Mitoyo Kawate • Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan • Maria Capovilla • Elizabeth Bolden • Emiliano Mercado del Toro • Emma Tillman • Yone Minagawa • Edna Parker • Maria de Jesus • Gertrude Baines • Kama Chinen • Eugenie Blanchard • Maria Gomes Valentim • Besse Cooper • Dina Manfredini • Jiroemon Kimura • Misao Okawa • Gertrude Weaver • Jeralean Talley • Susannah Mushatt Jones • Emma Morano • Violet BrownNabi Tajima

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