Oldest Living American Who Says Her Long Life Was Down To God And The Church Dies Age 114

Posted On : May 11, 2018

The oldest person in the United States has died after living to the grand old age of 114.

Delphine Gibson passed away on Wednesday in her Pennsylvania nursing home.


God Was Her Saviour

Gibson attributed her long life to good food, her faith in God and her church.

She was a long-time a member of Mount Hope Missionary Baptist Church.

Her friends say although she was blind and deaf near the end of her life, she still enjoyed singing and humming songs like ‘Amazing Grace.’

She took no medication ‘except for a single vitamin a day’, nursing home unit manager Miranda Glover told WJAC-TV in February 2017.


Delphine Had Three Children

‘She has an amazing spirit,’ Glover said. ‘She always singing to us or sharing the gospel. She is a treasure to the nation.’

Gibson was born in South Carolina in 1903 and moved to Pennsylvania after marrying Taylor Gibson in 1928.

On her 112th birthday, Huntingdon Mayor Dee Dee Brown declared it ‘Delphine Gibson Week’ in the borough.

Gibson was said to have married Taylor Gibson in 1928 and had three children – Frank, Moody and Ella. Taylor Gibson died in 1980. 

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Her Husband Worked In The Refractory Business

Delphine’s husband worked at Harbison Walker Refractories for 20 years before retiring in 1962, according to his obituary. He died in 1980.

Gibson’s funeral will be Saturday at Mount Hope Baptist.