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Sue Blanton

Susan Rebecca "Sue" Blanton (née Clark) was an American supercentenarian whose age has not been validated by LongeviQuest (LQ). She was the oldest resident of the state of Arkansas upon her death.


Blanton was born as Susan Rebecca Clark in Gurdon, Arkansas on 3 February 1870 as the second child of William and Barbara (née Peters) Clark. Her father, a Confederate veteran of the American Civil War, contracted tuberculosis as a Union prisoner and eventually died when Blanton was three. She worked on her parents’ farm from the age of 10.

On 1 September 1892, Blanton married her husband, Jeff Davis Blanton, in Nevada County, Arkansas, and later settled in the Arkansas town of Antoine. Two of the couple’s six children died in infancy; Blanton would outlive another two daughters in her middle years. She was widowed in 1930 after 38 years of marriage.

Blanton’s sister Julia lived to be 107 years old, making them, with a combined age of over 218 years, one of the oldest sibling duos of all time. The county of her birth, Clark, was named after her family. Blanton died on 14 April 1981 at the age of 111 years, 70 days. She was survived by her two remaining children, Etna and Harry, as well as 13 grandchildren and many great and great-great-grandchildren.

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Blanton was recognised in several newspaper articles in her centenarian and supercentenarian years.