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Dorothy Reed

Dorothy A. Reed (née Stine) is an American supercentenarian who is currently the oldest known living person in the U. S. state of Washington. Her age has not been validated by LongeviQuest (LQ).


Reed was born in Fried, a small township near Jamestown, North Dakota, on 9 June 1913 as the eldest daughter of Herman and Frieda (née Lehne) Stine. Her younger siblings were Irene, Margaret, and Louis. She grew up on a ranch where she herded and milked cows, shocked grain, took care of horses and pigs, and aided in the maintenance of the family garden.

Reed moved to Wenatchee, Washington in 1936 during the Great Depression to visit her grandmother. Since there were no jobs in her hometown, she stayed and found employment in the fruit industry. She met her future husband, fruit warehouse manager Carl Reed, and they were married on 21 August 1937. The couple had two children, Jim and Donna. She was widowed in 1976.

As a centenarian, Reed’s hobbies included baking, gardening, homemaking, and quilting. She made quilt tops that went to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – of which she has been a member since 1936 – to be completed and donated to those in need. One of her most prized possessions is a vase she won as a child in a broad jump competition on May Day in Jamestown.

At the age of 110, Reed credits her high sugar intake for her longevity. She enjoys eating cookies, ice cream, and pecan pie.

Biography partially sourced from Gerontology Wiki

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Reed was proclaimed Wenatchee’s oldest resident in April 2023.