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Elsie Martin
Elsie Martin
Martin on her 110th birthday in 2020
Birth: 18 August 1910
Michigan, USA
Age: 111 years, 158 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Elsie Celeste Martin (nee Persons; born 18 August 1910) is an American supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Martin was born at Herbert’s Post Office, a logging camp in Northern Michigan, USA on 18 August 1910, the youngest of nine children to Nelson and Nellie (McIntyre) Persons. After Herbert’s P.O., her family moved to West Branch, where her father worked on a farm. Later, they moved to Saginaw.

She graduated from Saginaw High School in 1927 and worked for Bell Telephone.

She married Arthur, a tool and dye maker, in 1928. The couple had five children: two sons, Jack and James (both deceased) and three daughters (Mary Louise, who died in infancy, Shirley, who died in 2021 and Judith, who is still alive). They moved to Detroit, and she worked at Detroit Diesel until the end of the World War II.

Her husband died in 1972. She lived alone until age 96, when she moved to Gaylord, Michigan.

She drove her car until the age of 96. She has suffered hearing loss, and when she was 99 she fell and broke her hip.

One of her sisters lived to be 102, another sister died at 103 and she also had two brothers who lived to be 96 and 97.

In September 2017, she had two living daughters Judy Priami (aged 85) and Shirley Hollyer (aged 78), 17 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

In August 2020, she celebrated her 110th birthday.

Martin currently lives in Gaylord, Michigan, USA, at the age of 111 years, 158 days. She currently is the third-oldest known living person in Michigan, behind Irene Dunham and Julia Dennis.