LongeviQuest has certified that Elizabeth Francis of Texas, age 114, is now the oldest living person in the United States after the death of 116-year-old Edie Ceccarelli of California.

Per the LongeviQuest rankings, Ms. Francis is now the fifth-oldest living person in the world at the age of 114 years and 214 days, behind María Branyas Morera, Tomiko Itooka, Inah Canabarro Lucas, and Juan Vicente Pérez Mora.

Elizabeth Francis on her 114th birthday with her daughter Dorothy Williams, right, and her granddaughter Ethel Harrison, left. Photo by Emmanuel Rodriguez

Elizabeth Francis was born in Louisiana in 1909, 11 years before women had the right to vote in the United States. Longevity runs in her family; her sister Bertha Johnson lived to the age of 106 before passing away in 2011. The two sisters are among the sibling pairs with the oldest combined age in world history. Ms. Francis has always credited her longevity to her faith in God. When asked for life advice, Ms. Francis offered, “If the Good Lord gave it to you, use it! Speak your mind, don’t hold your tongue!”

Back in July, Ms. Francis was feted at a celebration held in her honor for her 114th birthday. The event was held at the house she shares with her 94-year-old daughter Ms. Dorothy Williams. Ms. Francis is the second-oldest living person in the world who lives at home, made possible by her primary caregiver, her granddaughter Ms. Ethel Harrison. The ceremony was attended by four succeeding generations of her family members, along with other loved ones, caregivers, fellow church members, politicians, and local and global media. During the ceremony, Ms. Francis was presented with a Texas-shaped plaque honoring her status as the Oldest Living Texan. She was active and alert during the entire event, holding court for over four hours and playing host to a wide range of well-wishers.

LongeviQuest Chief Executive Ben Meyers, who met Ms. Francis in July, states, “Ms. Elizabeth Francis is admired around the world, both for her longevity and her approach to life. Reaching this milestone was never an aspiration for her, merely a byproduct of how she lived her life every day, doing right by her loved ones and by God. We can all learn from her example.”

For more information, please view Elizabeth Francis’ Directory Profile here. 

It is with a heavy heart that LongeviQuest reports Pearl Berg’s demise at 114. She was an American supercentenarian known as the second-oldest person in California, at the time of her death. She passed away on 1 February 2024. 

Pearl Berg was born on 1 October 1909 in Evansville, Indiana, United States. She spent her childhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before moving to Los Angeles, California, in 1930. Less than a month later, she met her future husband, Mark Berg. She and Mark were married in 1931, and they had two sons together.

With her husband, Mark, in 1931.

After Mark Berg passed away in 1989, Pearl joined a book club, attended concerts and plays, and involved herself with a bridge group, all so that she can still have a healthy social life. She can drive until her mid-90s and was an active member of the Temple Israel’s Sisterhood. 

LongeviQuest sends our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Pearl Berg. 

For more information, please visit Pearl Berg’s Directory Profile here. 

LongeviQuest is saddened to report the passing of Tane Matsubara. She was born in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan on 15 October 1909 and passed away in Tomakomai, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan on 16 January 2024 at 114 years, 93 days. At the time of her passing, she was the oldest living person in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan. She also became the oldest person ever to have lived in Hokkaido Prefecture on 3 October 2023 after she surpassed the final age of Hatsue Ono (113 years, 352 days).

In September 2022, aged 112. (Source: Hokkaido Shimbun)
In September 2022, aged 112.
(Source: Hokkaido Shimbun)

Married at 20, Matsubara raised eight children (five sons and three daughters) in Imakane before moving to Biratori in 1936, where she started selling tofu.

After raising eight children, Matsubara lived with her sons until moving to a nursing home in 2007. Remarkably, even in her 100s, she kept up with the news and loved learning new things. By 2022, her family had grown to include 18 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

LongeviQuest is extending our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Mrs. Tane Matsubara.

LongeviQuest is delighted to announce the age validation of Gorō Danjō of Japan at age 110. He was born in Japan on 12 December 1909. Danjō was visited by city officials in 2009 to celebrate his 100th birthday.

In December 2009, aged 100. (Source: Ōita City Press Release)
In December 2009, aged 100.
(Source: Ōita City Press Release)

On 17 June 2018, at age 108, he became the oldest living man in Ōita Prefecture following the death of 111-year-old Kameo Ōya.

Danjō passed away in Ōita City, Ōita Prefecture, Japan, on 16 June 2020, at the age of 110 years, 187 days. At the time of his death, he was the second-oldest living man in Japan, behind Shōjirō Shirai. Also, then-107-year-old Masato Nakano became the oldest living man in Ōita Prefecture, and Motoi Fukunishi became the second-oldest living man in Japan.

LongeviQuest congratulates Gorō Danjō’s family on his posthumous recognition.

For more information, please view Danjō’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of a 112-year-old anonymous supercentenarian from Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. 

She was born on 7 August 1909 in Japan and passed away on 22 January 2022 in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. 

At 112 years old at the time of her death, she was known as the second-oldest living person in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, behind Kineko Takahashi. 

For more information, please visit her Directory Profile here. 

LongeviQuest is delighted to announce that Germany’s oldest person ever turned 114 years old. Charlotte Kretschmann celebrated her milestone surrounded by friends and family on 3 December 2023. She holds the record as the oldest person ever to have resided in Germany.

Charlotte Kretschmann’s 114th birthday celebration
(Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/C0ZdW0Kr_d2/)

Charlotte Kretschmann was born in Wrocław, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland (then German Empire) on 3 December 1909. She developed a passion for athletics during her youth. Through her involvement in an athletics club, she met her future husband. They married and had a daughter. With the outbreak of World War II, her husband was deployed to France as a soldier, while Kretschmann sought refuge westward with their daughter. Following the war’s end, the Red Cross facilitated the couple’s reunion, and they settled in Stuttgart.

Kretschmann maintained her independence well into her centennial years. However, in 2014, after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage, she transitioned to a nursing home. Despite her advanced age, Kretschmann remained an avid reader, enjoyed a glass of red wine with her meals, and had a sweet tooth for chocolate. She attributes her longevity to a combination of vigorous exercise (even during winter) and a happy childhood.

Kretschmann became the oldest living person in Germany on 18 September 2022, following the death of 113-year-old Anna Cernohorsky. On 8 February 2023, following the death of Maria Aulenbacher of South Carolina, USA, Kretschmann became the oldest living German person in the world. On 8 August 2023, she surpassed the final age of Josefine Ollmann, becoming the oldest person to ever live in Germany.

For more information, please view Kretschmann’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is pleased to share that Masa Matsumoto turns 114 years old. She is a Japanese supercentenarian known as the oldest living person in Kanagawa Prefecture.  

Mrs. Matsumoto celebrated her 114th birthday on 29 November 2023 by meeting with her family. She received a stuffed bunny prepared by her great-grandchildren. At the celebration, she had several conversations with her family as she was feeling well and awake.

Masa Matsumoto at 114
Masa Matsumoto at 114

Mrs. Matsumoto even got excited at the news of seeing her granddaughter at the end of the year, as reported by her daughter. She exclaimed, “I’m so happy!” after hearing the news.  

Her family was also impressed by the 38 messages sent from all over the world congratulating Mrs. Matsumoto’s birthday celebration.

LongeviQuest Japan presented Mrs. Matsumoto with a plaque and a Phalaenopsis orchid.
LongeviQuest Japan presented Mrs. Matsumoto with a plaque and a Phalaenopsis orchid.

On 1 October 2023, LongeviQuest had the honor of visiting Mrs. Matsumoto to celebrate her longevity together with her family. At that time, LQ presented her with a plaque to certify her as the oldest living person in Kanagawa Prefecture. The plaque even came with a Phalaenopsis orchid which she remarked “It’s beautiful.”  

Masa Matsumoto was born on 29 November 1909 in Kōnan-cho, Kōka District (now part of the city of Kōka), Shiga Prefecture, Japan. She currently resides in a nursing home in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.  

LongeviQuest sends our warmest greetings for Mrs. Matsumoto’s 114th birthday celebration.   

For more information, please visit Masa Matsumoto’s Directory Profile here. 

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Lottie Sullivan at 110 years old.  

She was an American supercentenarian born on 8 March 1909 in Denson Springs, Anderson County, Texas, USA. 

She was raised in Denson Springs, but later moved to Beulah, Texas, when she was in the second grade. 

As a child. (Source: Hawthorn Funeral Home)
As a child.
(Source: Hawthorn Funeral Home)

In 1928, Lottie was married to Adam Sullivan with whom she had four children with. Adam was a teacher who later joined the ranks of uniformed personnels before she became a colonel after his retirement. 

Mrs. Sullivan passed away on 28 October 2019 in Carthage, Texas, USA. 

For more information, please visit Lottie Sullivan’s Directory Profile here. 

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Elizabeth Lucas at 111 years old. She was an American supercentenarian born on 6 April 1909 in Belle Vernon Pennsylvania, USA.

Her father was a coal miner while her mother was a mail-order bride. Elizabeth had ten siblings and the family lived in a two-story, two-bedroom frame house, where the children shared a single room.

Her school days ended after completing the sixth grade. When she was 13 years old, a priest would take her and the other girls from the area to work as cleaners for rich people in Pittsburgh. The Belle Vernon girls would return home via trolley every Friday and Elizabeth would give her small pay to her mother to help with the expenses.

At the age of 106. (Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
At the age of 106.
(Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

On 12 February 1936, she was married to Walter Edward Lucas with whom she had three children with.

In 2005, she moved into a nursing home. Elizabeth Lucas passed away on 15 December 2020 in Steubenville, Ohio, USA, due to COVID-19.

For more information, please view Elizabeth Lucas’ Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Dorothy McClements of the United States at age 110. She was born in Stillwater, New York, United States on 7 May 1909. She was a sister, a wife, and a mother to 8 children. When McClements was young, she worked in a sock factory in Stillwater. Later, she got a job as a maid at Leonard Hospital.

In her later years, McClements attended Mass every Sunday at All Saints on the Hudson in Mechanicville until she was unable to do so. However, she continued to receive Communion each week through home visits. When she was 98, she fell and broke her hip. At first, a surgeon was concerned about operating on her due to her age and the potential for problems with recovery and rehabilitation. But he later changed his mind because she was in such good physical condition. As of her 109th birthday, she had 151 descendants. She credited her long life to living a clean life, which included eating a lot of vegetables and not smoking or drinking.

On her 110th birthday. (Source: Facebook/Kumi Tucker WNYT)
On her 110th birthday.
(Source: Facebook/Kumi Tucker WNYT)

McClements passed away in Stillwater, New York, USA, on 1 February 2020, at the age of 110 years, 270 days. She was survived by all eight of her children, 40 grandchildren, and many more descendants, including great-great-grandchildren.

LongeviQuest congratulates Dorothy McClements’s family on her posthumous recognition.

For more information, please view McClements’s Directory Profile here.