Gerontology Wiki
Hazel Plummer
Hazel Plummer
Plummer celebrating her 111th birthday in 2019
Birth: 19 June 1908
Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
Age: 113 years, 218 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Hazel Kathleen Plummer (née Downs; born 19 June 1908) is an American supercentenarian who is the oldest known person living in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. Her age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Early Life

Hazel Plummer was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA, on 19 June 1908 to Harry and Margaret (Allison) Downs. She had one older sister, Grace, and two older brothers, Elmer and George. Sadly George died in 1906 at one year of age before Hazel was born. She grew up a street apart from her future husband, Elmer – although they didn’t know it at the time. The two married in either 1934 or 1935 (sources vary) and had two children, Roger and David.

After the eighth grade, Plummer went to trade school to become a seamstress. She went to work for an upscale designer on Newbury Street in Boston, Massachusetts. After marrying, she raised her children while her husband worked at a steel company and then in the children’s department of a department store. The family moved to Littleton, Massachusetts in 1957, where Plummer has lived since.

Later Life

After Plummer's father died suddenly aged 74, her mother lived with the family for 22 years until her mother's death aged 94. After her husband's death, Plummer spent 16 years living in her own second-floor apartment before moving in to a nursing home in Littleton, Massachusetts, when she was 109. At the time of her 110th birthday in June 2018, Plummer had six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Plummer became the oldest known living person in the state of Massachusetts following the death of 112 year-old Dorothy Brown on 26 November 2019. In January 2020, her nursing home celebrated her achievement with a special party, and she also received a message from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

On 30 December 2020, at the age of 112, Plummer received her first dose of the Pfizer/BionTech vaccine, making her one of oldest people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. She went on to celebrate her 113th birthday on 19 June 2021.