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Elizabeth Meier
Elizabeth Meier
Birth: 26 July 1904
Portland, Oregon, USA
Death: 2 December 2014
Portland, Oregon, USA
Age: 110 years, 129 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Elizabeth "Betty" Meier (née Leadbetter; formerly Cronin; 26 July 1904 – 2 December 2014) was an American supercentenarian whose age is currently pending by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). At the time of her death, she was the oldest known person in the US state of Oregon.


Elizabeth Meier was born in Portland, Oregon, USA on 26 July 1904, the youngest of four children of Frederick Leadbetter and Caroline (née Pittock) Leadbetter. She had four siblings. She was the granddaughter of Henry L. Pittock. Her mother lived to be 102.

She grew up in Portland, attending Miss Catlin's School, St. Helen's Hall and later, boarding school at The Santa Barbara Girls School, followed by two years in Paris.

She married Ambrose M. Cronin Jr. in 1928. The couple had six children: Elizabeth Noyes, Ambrose Cronin III (1930–2016), Dorothy Schoonmaker, Frederick Cronin (1934–2017), Sally Pope and Patrick Cronin. Ambrose Jr. was killed on 21 December 1947, in the Oregon Journal helicopter crash.

In 1958, she married Jack L. Meier, the son of Julius Meier. The couple not had children. Jack died in 1988.

Elizabeth Meier died in Portland, Oregon, USA on 2 December 2014 at the age of 110 years, 129 days.