Photo: Mamie J. Lewis Rearden
Mamie J. Lewis Rearden, proud of her title as the longest-lived person in the United States since December, died this week at the age of 114, the local daily Edgefield Advertiser announced Saturday.
The South Carolina woman, very much admired in her community, passed away at a hospital in Georgia, and will be laid to rest in the same small town where she was born on Sept. 7, 1898.
In a life that spanned over a century, Mamie Rearden, educator, social worker and member of the Baptist Church of Edgefield, South Carolina, as she is described in the local newspaper, came to have 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, as well as being the mother of four daughters and six sons.
When Mamie Rearden was born, the U.S. president was William McKinley and the continental United States still lacked three of the states it has today.
Mamie Rearden became the longest-lived person in the United States last December following the death of 115-year-old Dina Manfredini in Iowa.
The title of the oldest person in the world is currently held by Japan’s Jiroemon Kimura at age 115.