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Betsy Stanford
Betsy Stanford
Birth: 30 November 1903
Death: 7 June 2017
Washington D.C., USA
Age: 113 years, 189 days
Country: JamaicaJAMUnited StatesUSA

Betsy "Aunt Millie" Stanford (30 November 1903 – 7 June 2017) was an unvalidated Jamaican-born American supercentenarian.


Betsy Stanford was born in Jamaica, on 30 November 1903. She later moved to Panama City with her husband. Later, they moved to Varnum Street, Washington D.C. in 1976. For years, she was in charge of housekeeping at the Madison Hotel on 15th Street NW and, according to her great-niece, Michelle Thomas, she was known for the fastidiousness with which she would inspect rooms. Betsy had no children of her own, but raised her great niece, her siblings and their father. She also sewed and crocheted clothing to sell and worked as a babysitter. She always had at least two jobs.

Stanford claimed that her secret to long life is a routine of hard work: Go to bed early, get up early. Feel good and fresh and go to work on time. And don't leave without the boss's permission!. During her centenarian years, she played Scrabble and crossword puzzles. At the age of 107, she was almost blind. She also had arthritis and high blood pressure.

Betsy Stanford passed away in Washington D.C., USA, on 7 June 2017, aged 113 years, 189 days.