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Ida Reaver

Jimmy Lindberg
Validated By: Jimmy Lindberg On Date: Feb. 02nd 2024

Ida Reaver (née Carl) was an American supercentenarian whose age has been validated by LongeviQuest.


Reaver was born in a one-room cabin near Silver Run, Carroll County, Maryland, USA, on 7 December 1878, to parents John F. Carl (1854–1910) and Margaret A. Slonaker (1857–1945). She attended the Erb School on Stone Road near Mayberry for several years before assuming a position as general hand on a farm off Babylon Road. She was making about a dollar a week there.

At the age of 23, she married Elmer C. Reaver (1875–1964). The couple established their home on a farm outside Littlestown, Pennsylvania. They lived on a number of farms in Carroll County and in Pennsylvania. They had a son, who died in infancy in July 1902. Her husband also worked at Woods’ machine shop in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, where the couple lived from the 1920s through the 1950s.

Her husband passed away in 1964, aged 88. At the age of 100, she was living at her Westminster apartment, still doing all housework. She mentioned that she drank a lot of hot water, rarely tea and never coffee. Her diet primarily consisted of home-grown food, and she made an effort to stay active as much as possible. She continued living independently until she was 106, when she moved to the Westminster Nursing and Convalescent Center.

Reaver passed away after a brief illness in Westminster, Maryland, USA, on 2 March 1989, at the age of 110 years, 85 days.

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At the time of death, she was the oldest (known) living person in the U.S. state of Maryland.

Her age was verified by Jason King, Oliver Thorpe, and Jimmy Lindberg, and validated by LongeviQuest on 2 February 2024.

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* “Aunt Ida Smiles Into a Century” – Hanover Evening Sun, 7 December 1978

* “Carroll to honor oldest citizen” – Frederick News Post, 4 May 1988

* “Oldest countian dies” – The Baltimore Sun, 12 March 1989

* Ida A. Carl Reaver – Find A Grave