Oldest person in US dies at 114


11 May, 2018 09:44 AM

Oldest person in US dies at 114

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A 114-year-old Pennsylvania woman who was the oldest person in the United States has died, according to a funeral home.

The Robert D. Heath Funeral Home said Delphine Gibson died Wednesday.

Gibson had been living at a Huntingdon nursing home since 2004, when she was 100.

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

She was born Delphine Tucker on Aug. 17, 1903, in Ridgeway, South Carolina.

She helped out on her family's farm until she married Taylor Gibson in 1928. The couple lived in North Carolina then moved to Mount Union, Pennsylvania during the 1930s to work in the state's brickyards. Gibson's husband died in 1980.

Gov. Tom Wolf called her an incredible woman who would be missed.

Lessie Brown, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 113, is now believed to be the oldest American, according to the Gerontology Research Group in Sandy Springs, Georgia.