Verna Mae Helm was a validated American supercentenarian who died in 2011 at the age of 110.

Verna Mae Helm was born on August 17, 1900, in Metropolis, Illinois. Her father was an Illinois State Senator. At eight years old, she participated in the 1908 dedication of Fort Massac State Park, marked by a parade and picnic.

In 1929, aged 28.
(Source: Centralia High School)

Helm graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in home economics and later earned a Master’s from Columbia Teachers College. She taught home economics in Centralia, Illinois, for many years. She was also a representative for the Daughters of the American Revolution. In retirement, she was active in the First Methodist Church of Metropolis and traveled extensively with her brother. Known as “Auntie Verna,” she never married or had children but was a beloved figure in her extended family.

In 2008, at 108 years old, Helm was interviewed for Fort Massac State Park’s 100th anniversary. Though she couldn’t attend due to poor health, the celebration featured elements based on her memories of the original event.

(Source: Paducah Sun)

Helm passed away on 7 March 2011, in the home in which she was born, at the age of 110 years, 202 days.

LongeviQuest congratulates Verna Mae Helm’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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