Sarah Harper on her 109th birthday.
|Birth:||24 August 1906|
111 years, 113 days
Sarah Harper (born 24 August 1906) is a Canadian supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). She has been the oldest known living Native Canadian in Canada since the death of 111-year-old Marguerite Wabano on 13 November 2015.
Sarah Harper was born on 24 August 1906 in a forest in the region which later will become North Manitoba, Canada on 24 August 1906. She later married John Harper and had six children with him, four sons and two daughters. The family settled in Island Lake, Manitoba, Canada. John Harper passed away on 10 July 1972, leaving Sarah a widow.
As Sarah got older, she had many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, so many that her family can't count them. On her 106th birthday in 2012, she was thanked by Grand Chief Derek Nepinak for her services to the community. On her 109th birthday in 2015, a group of schoolgirls gave her a bouquet of flowers and wished her a happy birthday.
Also on her 109th birthday, she was asked the secret to her long life. Sarah told a story about when she was young, she approached an old woman who was blind and couldn't walk. The woman asked Sarah to fetch her some water, which she did. The old woman told Sarah that because of what she’d done, she would be blessed with a long life. On her 110th birthday in 2016, she celebrated with her friends and family.
Sarah Harper currently lives in Oxford House, Manitoba, Canada, at the age of 111 years, 113 days.
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