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BIOGRAPHY

Amanda McClenahan was born in Columbia, Monroe County, Illinois on 6 August 1901, the daughter of Charles and Catherine (Mosbacher) Weiss. As a child, she survived a serious illness that had spread throughout her town. She graduated from the eighth grade at Immaculate Conception School, but was unable to continue to high school because she needed to work to help support her family.

In 1922, she married Louis McClenahan, Sr., and the pair had two sons: Louis Mcclenahan (1922–1999) and John McClenahan (1924–2007). The couple were married for over 50 years until Louis’ death in 1984 at the age of 84. Two years after the death of her husband, she moved into a retirement home.

At the age of 97, she kept active by volunteering at the St. Clair County Courthouse, where she would work for four days a week issuing passports. She also volunteered as an operator at the Programs and Services for Older People, a program run by Belleville Area College. She never dyed her hair, stating in a 1997 interview that she was “proud” of her gray hairs.

On her 100th birthday in 2001, she was presented with an honorary high school diploma from Columbia High School. She also received congratulatory messages from Representative Jerry Costello, Senator Dick Durbin, and then-President George W. Bush.

Amanda McClenahan died in Columbia, Illinois, United States, on 7 February 2013 at the age of 111 years, 185 days. She was survived by six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.

RECOGNITION

Her age was verified by Jimmy Lindberg and Stefan Maglov, and was validated by LongeviQuest on 1 April 2024.

ATTRIBUTION

* “Volunteer, 97, keeps busy with two jobs” – St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 27 October 1998
* “Centenarian gets diploma” – The Waterloo Republic-Times, 8 August 2001
* “Colombia woman celebrates 106 birthday” – The Belleville News-Democrat, 9 September 2007

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