Ida Reaver was a validated American supercentenarian who died in 1989 at the age of 110.

Ida Reaver was born in a one-room cabin near Silver Run, Carroll County, Maryland, USA, on 7 December 1878. Reaver’s early life was spent attending the Erb School and working on a farm. She married young and moved to various farms in Pennsylvania before settling in Chambersburg, where her husband worked at a machine shop.

Even at 100, Reaver remained independent, doing all her housework in her Westminster apartment. She favored hot water over tea or coffee and enjoyed home-grown food. She actively maintained her independence until 106, when she moved to a nursing home.

On her 100th birthday. (Source: Hanover Evening Sun)
On her 100th birthday.
(Source: Hanover Evening Sun)

Reaver passed away in Westminster, Maryland, USA, on 2 March 1989, at the age of 110 years, 85 days. At the time of her death, she was the oldest known living person in the U.S. state of Maryland.

LongeviQuest congratulates Ida Reaver’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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

Elinor Miller was a validated American supercentenarian who died in 1989 at the age of 110.

Elinor Miller was born in Vilas, Wilson County, Kansas, USA, on 5 November 1878. She spent most of her life in this area. At some point, she got married to a commercial artist.

Mrs. Miller worked as a saleswoman for the T.M. James China Co. for 20 years until the late 1930s. She had previously worked for Emery, Bird, and Thayer Dry Goods Company. She was a Baptist.

Miller passed away at the Sharonlane Nursing Home in Shawnee, Kansas, USA, on 8 May 1989, at the age of 110 years, 184 days. At the time of her death, she was the oldest known living person in the U.S. state of Kansas.

LongeviQuest congratulates Elinor Miller’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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

Leola Porter was a validated American supercentenarian who died in 2023 at the age of 111.

Leola Porter was born in Mississippi, USA, on 19 May 1912. She was a sister, a wife, and a mother.

On 15 August 2022, she was visited by the Mayor of West Memphis, Marco McClendon, who declared 15 August as “Mrs. Leola Porter Day.”

In August 2022, aged 110, with the Mayor of West Memphis, Marco McClendon. (Source: Facebook/City of West Memphis)
In August 2022, aged 110, with the Mayor of West Memphis, Marco McClendon.
(Source: Facebook/City of West Memphis)

Porter passed away in West Memphis, Arkansas, USA, on 18 July 2023, at the age of 111 years, 60 days. At the time of her passing, she was the oldest known living person in the U.S. state of Arkansas.

LongeviQuest congratulates Leola Porter’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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

Ida Belle Austin was a validated American supercentenarian who died in 2023 at the age of 110.

Ida Belle Austin was born in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee, USA on 21 December 1912. In 1939, she got married to the longest-serving Secretary of State of Michigan, and together they had 1 daughter. The couple also established two scholarship funds and a lecture series at the Mike Ilitch School of Business.

A few days before her 110th birthday. (Source: Facebook/Abdullah H. Hammoud)
A few days before her 110th birthday.
(Source: Facebook/Abdullah H. Hammoud)

In 2009, Austin was named the Matriarch of the Michigan Democratic Party and held lifetime memberships in the Detroit Branch NAACP, Booker T. Washington Business Association, League of Women Voters, and National Council of Negro Women. Furthermore, she was the first Black District Manager of the Girl Scouts of Southeast Michigan.

Austin passed away in Dearborn, Michigan, USA, on 10 June 2023, at the age of 110 years, 171 days.

LongeviQuest congratulates Ida Belle Austin’s family on her posthumous recognition.

For more information, please view Mrs. Austin’s 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. 

Anna Holzl was a validated American supercentenarian who died in 2016 at the age of 110.

Anna Holzl was born in Norwich, Connecticut, USA, on 17 November 1905. She was a sister, a wife, and a mother to 2 children.

Holzl inspected cutlery, worked in a hospital diet kitchen, co-founded a senior citizens group, and actively participated in church activities. After a Florida stint, she returned to Connecticut to be near family, celebrating her 105th birthday as a craftswoman, choir member, and dedicated coupon clipper for veterans.

On 18 February 2016, following the passing of 111-year-old Antonia Amore, she became the oldest known living person in the U.S. state of Connecticut.

Shortly before her 107th birthday. (Source: Norwich Bulletin)
Shortly before her 107th birthday.
(Source: Norwich Bulletin)

Holzl passed away at the Orchard Grove Specialty Care Center in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA, on 1 July 2016, at the age of 110 years, 227 days. She was survived by one son, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

LongeviQuest congratulates Anna Holzl’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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

Lela Schnorf was a validated American supercentenarian who died in 2017 at the age of 111.

Lela Schnorf was born in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, USA, on 29 November 1905. Overcoming a near-fatal car accident at 19, Lela Schnorf graduated high school and thrived in the secretarial world. She went from Auto Lite to a prestigious brokerage firm, even weathering the 1929 Wall Street crash. After five years, she married Brandon Grey Schnorf, and they raised two sons while indulging in their shared passions: gardening, bridge, travel, and the Toledo Rose Society. Lela remained active in the Bar Association Auxiliary and became the oldest living member of her beloved Inverness Country Club.

As a young woman. (Source: Toledo Blade)
As a young woman.
(Source: Toledo Blade)

Even in her centenarian years, she remained an avid reader, staying informed of current events, whether they were local or national politics. She voted in every election campaign, including the Presidential election in 2016. She stayed well-informed about financial markets, real estate markets, and all major sporting events.

Schnorf passed away in Monclova, Lucas County, Ohio, USA, on 2 April 2017, at the age of 111 years, 124 days. At the time of her passing, she was the second-oldest known living person in the U.S. state of Ohio, after Lessie Brown.

LongeviQuest congratulates Lela Schnorf’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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

Millie Johnson, age 110, is now a validated American supercentenarian. She is currently the oldest living person in the state of Connecticut according to researchers.

Millie Johnson was born in the United States on 26 May 1913.

Johnson on her 110th birthday

As a centenarian, she moved into a senior living facility in Canaan, Connecticut. On her 108th birthday, she went on a motorcycle ride with her granddaughter.

On 18 June 2023, following the passing of 111-year-old Mary Provost, she became the oldest known living person in the U.S. state of Connecticut.

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

Mary Franklin, age 110, is now a validated American supercentenarian. She is one of the oldest living people in the state of Maryland.

Mary Franklin was born in the United States on 3 February 1913. Franklin graduated from Wilson College and married William. They lived in Norfolk, Virginia, where he was a hotel doorman and she worked retail. In the 1950s, she became a teacher and moved to Maryland, while her husband pursued a diplomatic career.

A book lover, bridge player, and poetry enthusiast, she now resides in a Chestertown nursing home at age 80.

Franklin at the age of 110

Franklin was recognized on her 107th birthday in The Bay Times & Record Observer when she celebrated with friends and family. She was given a drive-by parade from various fire departments to celebrate her 110th birthday.

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

Pauline Cook, age 110, is now a validated American supercentenarian.

Pauline Cook was born Pauline Clarice Bolt in Illinois on 30 March 1913. She was a sister, a wife, and a stepmother to 3 children.

Cook dedicated her career to social work and even assisted President Nixon. After being widowed, she moved to Nevada. Cook attributes her longevity to enjoying life. She cited meat as her favorite food and encouraged others to “eat your cake” and not take things too seriously.

Cook on her 109th birthday (Source: 8 News Now)

At the age of 109, Cook relocated from Henderson, Nevada, to an assisted living facility in Roanoke, Virginia, where she currently resides. Cook is currently the second-oldest known living person in the U.S. state of Virginia, after Virginia Jefferson.

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