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New Validation: Lilly Barnes of the United States (1875-1986)

Shortly before her 107th birthday in 1982. (Source: unknown newspaper) Shortly before her 107th birthday in 1982. (Source: unknown newspaper)

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Lilly Barnes of the United States at age 110. She was born in Robeson County, North Carolina, United States on 5 November 1875. Barnes lived a life deeply rooted in education and community. After attending local schools and teaching herself, she became an educator for several years before marrying in 1902. With her husband, a fellow teacher, they raised two children who also pursued careers in education.

Barnes’ faith played a central role in her life, starting with her baptism at Back Swamp Baptist Church at 12. She taught Sunday School for 50 years and was a founding member of the Women’s Missionary Society. Even in her centenarian years, she remained active, holding various positions in the Back Swamp Home Decoration Club and receiving an honorary membership in its successor, The Challengers Club.

On her 100th birthday. (Source: The Robesonian)
On her 100th birthday.
(Source: The Robesonian)

Barnes reached her 100th birthday in November 1975 and received double celebrations. Her church honored her with a special tribute and presented her with a silver tray, while another event gifted her with a beautiful floral arrangement and corsage. Even at 107, her family circle remained vibrant, encompassing two sisters, two children, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Barnes passed away in Lumberton, Robeson County, North Carolina, USA, on 6 May 1986, at the age of 110 years, 182 days.

LongeviQuest congratulates Lilly Barnes’s family on her posthumous recognition.

For more information, please view Barnes’s Directory Profile here.

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