24 July 1899West Springfield, Massachusetts, United States


3 January 2015Cheshire, Massachusetts, United States



Bernice Madigan

Bernice “Bennie” Marina Madigan (née Emerson) was an American Supercentenarian whose age was validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). At the time of her death, she was the fifth-oldest validated living person in the world, behind Misao Okawa, Gertrude Weaver, Jeralean Talley, and Susannah Mushatt Jones. She was also one of the last surviving validated people born in the 1800s.  Additionally, Mrs. Madigan remains the longevity record holder for the U.S. state of Massachusetts.


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Bernice Marina Emerson was born in West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA on 24 July 1899, the daughter of Harry and Grace Bennett Emerson. In 1918, she moved to Washington, D.C. She married Paul H. Madigan in Washington, D.C. on 10 September 1925. The couple had no children. Bernice and her husband later moved to Maryland. She was widowed in 1976 and returned to Massachusetts in 2007. Madigan died in Cheshire, Massachusetts, USA on 3 January 2015 at the age of 115 years, and 163 days.

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Mrs. Madigan was validated by the Gerontology Research Group.  She remains the only supercentenarian from Massachusetts to reach the age of 115.