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Bonita Gibson
Bonita Gibson
Gibson at the age of 110.
Birth: 4 July 1911
Michigan, USA
Age: 110 years, 207 days
Country: United StatesUSA
Unvalidated

Bonita Gibson (née Spear; born 4 July 1911) is an American supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). She currently is the fourth-oldest known living person in Michigan, behind Irene Dunham, Julia Dennis and Elsie Martin.

Biography

Gibson was born in Kansas, USA on 4 July 1911 to John Franklin and Ella Mabel (Miller) Spear.

Gibson remembers the Spanish Flu Pandemic and one of her brothers going to fight in World War 1 and receiving letters from the front line. Gibson also survived whooping cough as a child.

In April 1930, the height of the great depression, Gibson got married to Kenneth Gibson in Oregon, Missouri. Two years later in June 1932, the couple made their way to Idaho, where her husband's uncle, who was involved in the wheat growing business, lived. Gibson remembers sleeping in a tent after being unable to afford rent and walking one and a half miles to get to work. They had one son, Kenneth Richard, born in January 1937. Several years later, the couple moved to Newdale, Idaho, where her husband became involved in the potato business. The couple moved to Idaho Falls in 1946, where her husband continued in the potato business, eventually entering into a potato brokerage operation until he retired in 1977. Her husband died in October 2003.

At age 99, Gibson travelled by plane to San Diego, California, her first plane ride. She also went to a casino for the first time at the age of 106.

Gibson now lives in a nursing home in Canton, Michigan, USA, since the age of 102. She still gets her hair done once a week and choses her own clothes.

In 2020, at the age of 109, Gibson survived COVID-19, making her one of the oldest known survivors of the disease.

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