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Geneva McDaniel
Geneva McDaniel
Birth: 26 August 1887
Gwinnett County, Georgia, USA
Death: 6 April 1999
Duluth, Georgia, USA
Age: 111 years, 223 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Geneva McDaniel (née O'Kelley; 26 August 1887 – 6 April 1999) was an American supercentenarian whose age is validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Geneva McDaniel was born near Lilburn, Gwinnett County, Georgia, USA on 26 August 1887. Her parents were Permetus O'Kelley and Annette "Nettie" (née Hopson) O'Kelley. She had six siblings.

She married Mack McDaniel, Sr. in Gwinnett County, Georgia, USA on 6 May 1914. The couple had four children: Mack McDaniel, Jr. (1917–2002), Sara Gregory (1919–2007), Geneva McDaniel (1921–1998) and Ruby Smith (1924–1996). She was widowed in 1957.

McDaniel was an avid fan of exercise, drove a race car at 105 years, appeared on David Letterman's show in 1990 (aged 103), and was teaching an aerobics class at age 108. From 1987–1999 she appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 27 times. She had a mentality that said "never say die", "never quit". After age 110, becoming bedridden was just another obstacle for her to overcome.

McDaniel died in Duluth, Gwinnett County, Georgia, USA on 6 April 1999 at the age of 111 years, 223 days. She was a member of the Georgia Centenarian Study Group.