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Rosa Rader

Jimmy Lindberg
Validated By: Jimmy Lindberg On Date: Feb. 11th 2024

Rosa Lee Rader (née Simmons) was an American supercentenarian whose age has been validated by LongeviQuest.


Rader was born in Gassaway, Braxton County, West Virginia, USA, on 27 March 1879 (claimed 1878), to parents John Henry Simmons and Alcinda Cottrell.

At some point, she married John Rader (1880–1969). The couple had 6 children: Garland Rader, Lanta Elsworth Rader (1908–1999), Marmel Brown (1910–1998), Orlando Rader (1912–2009), Marie Murell Costello (1914–2005), and Juanita Tanner (1920–2014).

At the age of 106, she was reading newspapers with the aid of a magnifying glass, and she was fond of watching football and basketball on television. She was of the Baptist faith. At the age of 109, she moved to Rock Spring.

Rader passed away at the home of her daughters in Rock Spring, Georgia, USA, on 1 February 1990, at the age of 110 years, 311 days. She was survived by five children, 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

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At the time of death, she was the oldest (known) living person in the U.S. state of Georgia. Upon her passing, she was succeeded by Lillie Dorough.

Her age was verified by Jimmy Lindberg and Nick Eriksson, and validated by LongeviQuest on 11 February 2024.

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* “Dallas Cowboys, snuff keep her going at 106” – Ukiah Daily Journal, 3 April 1984

* “Mrs Rader Celebrates 111th Birthday” – Walker County Messenger, 31 March 1989

* “Mrs. Rader” – Walker County Messenger, 14 February 1990

* Rosa Lee Simmons Rader – Find A Grave