|Birth:||1 June 1903|
King & Queen, Virginia, USA
|Death:||20 January 2017|
Tappahannock, Virginia, USA
|Age:||113 years, 233 days|
Meta Dishman (née Holmes; 1 June 1903 – 20 January 2017) was a verified American supercentenarian. She was the second-oldest validated living American resident, according to the Gerontology Research Group, after Adele Dunlap, and the oldest-living African American since the death of Susannah Mushatt Jones on 12 May 2016 until her own death.
Meta was born in King & Queen County, Virginia, to parents Jack and Judy Holmes. She had 10 other siblings. A few years later, the family relocated to Washington, D.C.
She holds the distinction of being one of the first female taxi drivers in the history of the capital. She was still capable of driving towards her late nonagenarian years.
Meta also lived in several other states during her life, including Massachusetts. There, she worked as a department store employee as well as a school nurse in Boston. Interestingly for a woman now known for her extreme longevity, Meta also worked in the funeral business.
During the Second World War, she worked as a correspondent for the State Department, providing messages that were beneficial for the American war effort.
Personal life & later life
At some point between 1920 and 1930, she was married to a Mr. Lowe. She later divorced him and remarried in Washington D.C. on 7 October 1940, this time to Lynwood H. Dishman. In total, she had two children, one of whom was a son was adopted. In 1988, she moved back to her native state Viriginia.
Meta Dishman died on 20 January 2017, aged 113 years, 233 days.
- Gerontology Research Group
- Meta Willis Holmes Lowe Dishman All-Obits
- Country Courier, 2 June 2013 (link has expired)