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Sarah Smith

Sarah E. Smith (née Moore) was an American supercentenarian who was the oldest resident of the state of Washington upon her death. Her age has not been validated by LongeviQuest (LQ).


Smith was born as Sarah E. Moore in Smartsville, California on 1 January 1870 as the third child of six born to Augustus and Amanda (née Brown) Moore. Her maternal grandfather, Hugh Brown, founded the city of Brownsville, Oregon. When Smith was 13, she moved with her family to the Long Beach Peninsula in Washington.

Smith married William Jay Seaman in Clatsop County, Oregon on 25 April 1895. The couple had two children – William Jr. and Earl. By 1920, the couple were divorced.

On 28 February 1927, Smith remarried to her second husband, carpenter Orson Wilford Smith. He helped to build their home, completing the dwelling in 1931. She did not have children with him, and was later widowed in 1965.

As a centenarian, Smith lived in Carson, Skamania County, Washington, before moving into a nursing home in Camas, Washington. A Mormon, she had always abstained from smoking and alcohol, and was also a lifelong vegetarian.

Smith died on 6 January 1980 at the age of 110 years, 5 days in Camas, Washington, and was buried four days later. She was survived by her two sons, four grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

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An obituary was published for Smith in The Skamania County Pioneer in 1980. No other articles about her are known to exist.