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Edie Ceccarelli

Edith "Edie" Ceccarelli (née Recagno; formerly Keenan) is an American supercentenarian who is currently the oldest known living person in the U.S. state of California. Her age was validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Ceccarelli was born in Willits, California, USA, on 5 February 1908. She was the first of seven children born to Italian immigrants Agostino and Maria Recagno. She married Elmer “Brick” Keenan and moved to Santa Rosa, California, where he worked as a pressman for the Santa Rosa Democrat. When he retired after 36 years, they returned to Willits. After her husband’s death in 1984, she married Charles Ceccarelli in 1986. He died in 1990.

Ceccarelli currently lives in Willits, California, USA, at the age of 114 years, 319 days. She lived in her own home until the age of 107, after which she moved into a senior living facility. She became a supercentenarian in February 2018. Over the past few years, her cognitive faculties have diminished by the effects of dementia, but she is still capable of walking with the aid of a walker as of her 114th birthday in 2022.

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Ceccarelli became the oldest living person in California following the death of Mila Mangold on 2 July 2022. She is currently the second-oldest validated living person in the United States (after Bessie Hendricks), the third-oldest validated living American-born person (after María Branyas Morera and Hendricks), and the second-oldest validated person ever born in the U.S. state of California (after Branyas Morera).

Since the death of Barbara Barton on 12 August 2022, Ceccarelli is one of only two American people remaining born in 1908 who is still living (the other being Hazel Plummer), and is also one of only four American-born people remaining born before 1909 who is still living (the others being María Branyas Morera, Bessie Hendricks, and Plummer). She is also one of only five American-born people remaining born in the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt (the others being not just Branyas Morera, Hendricks, and Plummer, but also Nina Willis).