Mary Phil Cota
Mary Cota
Birth: 5 July 1870
Santa Barbara, California, USA
Death: 22 July 1982
California, USA
Age: 112 years, 17 days
Country: USA FlagUSA

Mary Phil Cota (née Romero; 5 July 1870 – 22 July 1982) was a verified American supercentenarian.


Mary Philomena Romero was born Maria Filomena Romero on 5 July 1870 in Santa Barbara, California to Pedro and Viviana (née Sanchez) Romero. She married Edward Zielke on 9 February 1889 using a fake last name and place of birth. The couple moved to Washington and then Nebraska and had nine children within 15 years. Edward Zielke died in 1907 following an accident that occurred the year before. Mary and her children then moved in with Antonio Cota in California, whom Mary also married. They were divorced by WWI.

Mary Phil Cota then supposedly lived in Los Angeles for many years until she moved in with a daughter a few years before her death. Mary Phil Cota died on 22 July 1982 at the age of 112 years, 17 days.

Mary Cota's daughter Rosabell Fenstermaker (1893–2005) lived to be 111 years, 344 days old – the first verified known mother-daughter supercentenarian combination. This is important as it may point to genetics as a possible explanation for extreme longevity.