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Bertha Fry
Bertha Fry
Birth: 1 December 1893
Vevay, Indiana, USA
Death: 14 November 2007
Muncie, Indiana, USA
Age: 113 years, 348 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Bertha Fry (née Vanosdol; 1 December 1893 – 14 November 2007) was an American supercentenarian. She was age 113 years, 348 days old at the time of her death. She lived in Muncie, Indiana.


Bertha Florence Vanosdol was born on a farm in Vevay, Indiana to Morton and Lillie Belle (née Lewis) Vanosdol. She had one younger sister, Pearl. There has been remarkable longevity in her family. Her mother lived to 90, and her father lived to be 95. she married her first husband, Thomas Gray, in May 1918. He died in the 1930s, and she remarried to Harry Fry in June 1945.[1]

At the time of her death she was the third-oldest living person in the world, although she was only the second-oldest in the state of Indiana. Edna Parker, who resided in Shelbyville, Indiana, was several months older. At the age of 113, on 21 April 2007, Fry met with Parker, who at the time was the second-oldest living person in the world, she had turned 114 the previous day. This set the highest combined age of two supercentenarians meeting at 227 years, 142 days.[2]

Fry died on 14 November 2007 at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Indiana of pneumonia.[3]