Delphine Gibson, the Oldest Person in the United States, Passes Away

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May 10, 2018May 10, 2018

The Washington Times reports that 114-year-old Delphine Gibson died on Wednesday. She was known as the oldest person in the United States. 

She passed away in the Robert D. Heath Funeral Home where she had been living since 2004, when she turned 100 years old. 

Reports claim that she attributed her long life to three things: good food, her faith in God, and her church. 

She was born in Ridgeway, South Carolina on August 17, 1903. While a child, she helped out on her family farm until she married Taylor Gibson in 1928.

After getting married, she and her husband lived for a brief time in North Carolina and the moved to Mount Union, Pennsylvania, in the 1930s to work in the brickyards.

Her longtime husband eventually died in 1980. 

She will be missed by everybody who closely knew her. Governor Tom Wolf, for instance, called her an incredible woman who will be greatly missed. 

Last year, Gibson was visited by Secretary Osborne presented a greeting from Governor Tom Wolf in order to recognize Gibson's long and beautiful life. 

“On behalf of Governor Wolf, it is an honor to meet Delphine in person,” Secretary Osborne said, according to Fox 43. “Her story is truly inspiring, and her capacity to live and age well reflects the Wolf Administration’s commitment to providing older Pennsylvanians with the services, supports, and protections they need to age with dignity and respect.”

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