|Birth:||2 March 1891|
|Death:||29 October 2002|
Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA
|Age:||111 years, 241 days|
Ann(e) Maria Smith nee Allen (2 March 1891 – 29 October 2002) was an American supercentenarian whose age has been validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). She was the oldest validated person in the US state of Massachusetts at the time of her death.
Smith was born in Pennsylvania, United States, on 2 March 1891. In her youth, she taught immigrant children and volunteered for the Red Cross during World War I. During the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, she helped to nurse the sick.
When asked the secret to her longevity, Smith replied that she “does not know” and is “actually surprised to have lived so long.” A belief that she held was that “a person should always stay busy, and continue to follow politics and the Celtics.”
Smith died in Shore Cliff Retirement Home in Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States, on 29 October 2002 at the age of 111 years, 241 days.
- All Validated Supercentenarians by Age (1 January 2015) Gerontology Research Group
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