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Beatrice Farve
Beatrice Farve
Birth: 30 April 1895
Spring Bluff, Georgia, USA
Death: 19 January 2009
Georgia, USA
Age: 113 years, 264 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Beatrice Farve (née Scarlett; 30 April 1895 – 19 January 2009) was a validated American supercentenarian.[1] At the time of her death aged 113 years, 264 days, Farve was the 2nd oldest verified person in the world behind Gertrude Baines. Farve was the oldest person living in Georgia although not the oldest living person to be born there, as Baines was also born there.


Farve, who was born in Spring Bluff, Georgia, moved to Brunswick, Georgia after 1910.[2] There she married Dennis "Destaris" John Farve, a World War I veteran, in 1921. The couple had five children, all still living at her death: Lottie Albury, 85; Bettie, 84; Rose, 82; Joan, 79; and Dennis Jr, 78.[2]

Farve became a Catholic in 1933.[3] She had been registered to vote since 1946. She drove her car until age 106, when her family took the keys away.[4]

Farve worked for many years as a hotel cleaning lady in hotels along Georgia's sea islands, including St. Simons Island. One of her favorite hobbies was to work in the garden.[4] In her old age, she sold Avon beauty products until 1995 at age 100.[2]

Farve died in her sleep on the afternoon of 19 January 2009.[4]


  1. Verified Supercentenarians (Listed Chronologically By Birth Date) Gerontology Research Group
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 113-year-old woman dies in Georgia USA Today. 21 January 2009
  3. The Southern Cross, newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah. January 4, 2001, p.4
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 USA: 113-year-old Beatrice Farve dies in Georgia The Brunswick News, at