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Helen Wheat
Helen Wheat
Birth: 16 September 1902
York, Pennsylvania, USA
Death: 16 February 2016
Frederick, Maryland, USA
Age: 113 years, 153 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Helen Ida Wheat (née Boose; 16 September 1902 – 16 February 2016) was a validated American supercentenarian.


Helen Wheat was born as a daughter Allen and Emma (Helman) Boose in York, Pennsylvania, USA, on 16 September 1902. She was the youngest of four siblings. Her mother lived to the age of 93. When she was 14, she left school to work at York Ice Co. in order to support her family. She married Harvey Pierce Naylor, but they divorced when their children were young. Then she married again. Her second husband was Bill Wheat. The couple moved to Maryland before 1935. She later worked at her son's winery, working in the vineyard until she was in her 90s. She liked wine and attributed her longevity to having a glass of wine every evening. She lived with her son in the York County until she had a fall, and a worsened health resulted in her moving to the Homewood Retirement Center in Frederick in 2007. On her 112th birthday, it was reported that her dementia had worsened. She had three children, nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren at the time.[1][2]

Helen Wheat died in Frederick, Maryland, USA, on 16 February 2016. At the time of her death, she was the oldest person in Maryland, the 3rd-oldest American resident after Susannah Mushatt Jones and Goldie Michelson. She was also the 3rd-oldest American-born person after Mushatt Jones and Marie-Josephine Gaudette. She remains the oldest Marylander by residence/death.[3]