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Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, 103 (1910 - 2014)
STEVE SZKOTAK, The Associated Press RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, a wealthy arts and fashion patron, friend of first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and political benefactor who funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to former presidential candidate John Edwards that was used to hide his mistress, died Monday. She was 103. Her death was confirmed by Alexander Forger, her...
Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez, 112 (1901 - 2013)
The Associated PressGRAND ISLAND, New York (AP) — The world's oldest man, a 112-year-old self-taught musician, coal miner and gin rummy aficionado from western New York, has died. He was 112.Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez died Friday at a nursing home in Grand Island, according to Robert Young, senior gerontology consultant with Guinness World Records.Sanchez-Blazquez became the world's oldest man...
Soledad Mexia, 114 (1899 - 2013)
SUE MANNING, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — The oldest person born in Mexico, who also was California's oldest resident, has died in a hospice in Chula Vista, just 17 days after celebrating her 114th birthday.Soledad Mexia (mah-HEE'-ah') died Friday at the Silverado Senior Living Hospice, said Dr. Stephen Coles of the Gerontology Research Group at the University of California Los...
Jiroemon Kimura, 116 (1897 - 2013)
The Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — The world's oldest person has died at the age of 116. Japan's Jiroemon Kimura had been recognized by the Guinness World Records as the oldest living person, the oldest living man and the oldest man ever.He died of natural causes Wednesday.Kimura, of Kyotango, Japan, was born April 19, 1897.According to Guinness, Kimura was the first man in history to have lived...
Evelyn Kozak, 113 (1899 - 2013)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — The world's oldest Jewish person, Evelyn Kozak, whose family fled Russia to escape anti-Semitism, has died at age 113.Kozak died Tuesday after suffering a heart attack the day before, her granddaughter Brucha Weisberger said Thursday.Kozak was the world's oldest documented Jewish person and the world's seventh-oldest person, said Robert Young, a senior...
Elsie Thompson, 113 (1899 - 2013)
The Associated PressCLEARWATER, Florida (AP) — The oldest person in the United States has died at age 113, just weeks before her 114th birthday.A spokeswoman from Elsie Thompson's church in...
George Lowe, 89 (1924 - 2013)
JILL LAWLESS, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — George Lowe, the last surviving climber from the team that made the first successful ascent of Mount Everest, has died, his wife said Thursday. He...
Koto Okubo, 115 (1897 - 2013)
The Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — A Japanese official says a woman in his town near Tokyo who became world's oldest living female just last month has died at 115.Koto Okubo died Saturday at a...
Dina Manfredini, 115 (1897 - 2012)
BARBARA RODRIGUEZ, The Associated PressDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A 115-year-old Iowa woman has died less than two weeks after inheriting the title of world's oldest person, her family said Monday...
Maurice Herzog, 93 (1919 - 2012)
GREG KELLER, The Associated PressPARIS (AP) — France loved him for his indefatigable, pioneering spirit — the first man to climb an 8,000-meter Himalayan peak despite losing all his fingers and...
Jaroslaw Mensfelt, 108 (1904 - 2012)
The Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The oldest known survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp — a teacher who gave lessons in defiance of his native Poland's Nazi occupiers — has...
Chiyono Hasegawa, 115 (1896 - 2011)
The Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — Japan's oldest person, 115-year-old Chiyono Hasegawa, has died.Hasegawa, who was born Nov. 20, 1896, died at a facility in southern Japan on Friday.The facility...
Maria Gomes Valentim, 114 (1896 - 2011)
The Associated Press SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian woman listed by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest person died Tuesday, just weeks shy of her 115th birthday. The title now reverts to...
Vasiliki Lambidou, 107 (2011)
COSTAS KANTOURIS, The Associated Press THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — For nearly half a century, she raised a Greek flag every day at the border with Turkey — a simple act that elevated her to...
Huguette Clark, 104 (1906 - 2011)
VERENA DOBNIK, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Huguette Clark, a 104-year-old heiress to a Montana copper fortune who once lived in the largest apartment on New York City's Fifth Avenue, died...
Walter Breuning, 114 (1896 - 2011)
MATT VOLZ, The Associated Press GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Walter Breuning's earliest memories stretched back 111 years, before home entertainment came with a twist of the radio dial. They were...
Patricia Ellis, 114 (1896 - 2011)
The Associated PressJACKSONVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman cited as the world's oldest person has died at the age of 114.Patricia Ellis of Boren-Conner Funeral Home of Jacksonville says Eunice G....
Jack LaLanne, 96 (1914 - 2011)
ANDREW DALTON, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jack LaLanne, the fitness guru who inspired television viewers to trim down, eat well and pump iron for decades before diet and exercise...
Mississippi Winn, 113 (1897 - 2011)
The Associated PressSHREVEPORT, Louisiana (AP) — When she turned 113, Mississippi Winn could still stand up on her own and never thought her age was a detriment to her life.The upbeat former...
Eugenie "Sweets" Blanchard, 114 (1896 - 2010)
The Associated Press GUSTAVIA, St. Barts (AP) — Eugenie Blanchard, a nun who was considered the world's oldest person, died in the French Caribbean island of St. Barts on Thursday. She was 114. ...
Ivy Bean, 104 (1905 - 2010)
The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Ivy Bean, who became an online celebrity as the oldest known user of micro-blogging site Twitter, has died at the age of 104. Pat Wright, manager of the...
Dr. Robert Butler, 83 (1927 - 2010)
The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. Robert Butler, a Pulitzer Prize-winning expert on aging who coined the phrase "ageism," has died in New York City, his daughter said Tuesday. He was 83. ...
Neva Morris, 114 (1895 - 2010)
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman who became the oldest living American less than a month ago has died. Neva Morris of Ames, Iowa, was 114 years, 245 days old. The North Crest Community...
Ella Mae Johnson, 106 (1904 - 2010)
(Associated Press) CLEVELAND A black Ohio woman who attended Barack Obama's inauguration in her wheelchair shortly after her 105th birthday has died. Former social worker Ella Mae Johnson...
Mary Josephine Ray, 114 (1895 - 2010)
(Associated Press) WESTMORELAND, N.H. Mary Josephine Ray, who was certified as the oldest person living in the United States, died Sunday at age 114 years, 294 days. She died at a nursing home...
Ann Nixon Cooper, 107 (1902 - 2009)
The Associated Press ATLANTA — Ann Nixon Cooper, the Atlanta centenarian lauded by President Barack Obama in his election night speech last year, has died. She was 107. Obama in his 2008...
Gertrude Baines (1894 - 2009)
By SOLVEJ SCHOU, Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES -- Gertrude Baines, who lived to be the world's oldest person on a steady diet of crispy bacon, fried chicken and ice cream, died Friday at a...
Harry Patch, 111 (1898 - 2009)
By ROBERT BARR - Associated Press Writer LONDON Harry Patch, Britain's last survivor of the trenches of World War I, was a reluctant soldier who became a powerful eyewitness to the horror of...
Henry Allingham, 113 (1896 - 2009)
By DANICA KIRKA - Associated Press Writer LONDON - The world's oldest man, 113-year-old World War I veteran Henry Allingham, died Saturday after spending his final years reminding Britain about...
Waldo McBurney, 106 (1902 - 2009)
QUINTER, Kan. - Waldo McBurney, who was named America's oldest worker and gained fame in his later years as a competitive runner and beekeeper, died Wednesday. He was 106. McBurney, whose life...