Oldest person in the U.S. dies at age 114

Pedro Marrero
May 11, 2018
03:48 P.M.
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This is a week for every American to mourn; the Robert D Heath Funeral Home confirmed that the oldest-living American has died.


Delphine Gibson of Pennsylvania, died Wednesday at the age of 114. She was a resident of Huntingdon County and her death was announced by the local funeral home, according to a CBS News report.

Gibson was born Aug. 17, 1903, in South Carolina. She lived at Huntingdon Hills Nursing and Rehab Center for the last 14 years and she lived in Pennsylvania for more than 90 years.

She worked on the family farm when she was very young until she married Taylor Gibson in 1928. The couple eventually settled in Pennsylvania, working in the brickyards. Taylor Gibson died in 1980.

During Gibson's last birthday party, Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne presented Gibson with a personal greeting from Wolf, in recognition of her gift of longevity and her status as the oldest Pennsylvanian and American resident.


Miranda Glover, a manager at her Huntingdon nursing home, revealed last year that Gibson took no medication at all, except for a single vitamin a day, even at her advanced age.  

She attributed her long life to good food, her faith in God and her church. Nurses told how she could always be heard sing and humming church hymns like Amazing Grace among others.

Gibson was also the sixth-oldest person in the world, and according to Gerontology Research Group, she attributed her longevity to her faith in God and her church, Mount Hope Missionary Baptist.


She would have turned 115 on August 17, having a reunion in her honor like last year when she celebrated her last birthday at the Mount Hope Missionary Baptist Church with facility residents and personnel from the state Aging Department.

Lessie Brown, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 113, is now believed to be the oldest American, according to the Gerontology Research Group in Sandy Springs, Georgia.