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Hilda Brown
Hilda Brown
Brown on her 110th birthday in 2021, after recovering from COVID-19
Birth: 20 January 1911
Newfoundland, Canada
Death: 22 June 2021
Berkeley, New Jersey, United States
Age: 110 years, 153 days
Country: CanadaCANUnited StatesUSA

Hilda Brown (20 January 1911 – 22 June 2021) was a Canadian-born American supercentenarian who is one of the oldest known survivors of COVID-19, having successfully recovered from the disease at the age of 109. Her age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group.


Early Life

Brown was born in Newfoundland, Canada on 20 January 1911. She was one of 10 children. When she was eight years old, her mother died aged 35. Growing up, she played the organ at her hometown Baptist church. Brown claims that, as a teenager in May 1927, she witnessed Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis flying over Musgravetown, Newfoundland on his way to completing the first solo transatlantic flight.

In her 30s, Brown emigrated to the United States, settling in Fort Lee, New Jersey. She worked as a waitress for four decades before retiring to Ocean County, New Jersey. She also travelled the the world as a church missionary, and crocheted scarfs, hats, and blankets for those in need.

Later Life and COVID-19 Survival

Since 1980, Brown has been a resident of the Bayville section of Berkeley, New Jersey. She moved into a care home in around 2014. Brown drove a car until the age of 93 and walked until 103, but has since used a wheelchair. At the time of her 109th birthday in 2020, it was reported that she is hard of hearing.

In November 2020, Brown contracted COVID-19 during the coronavirus pandemic. After testing positive for the virus, she was moved to a quarantine floor. Although initially she did not show any symptoms, her oxygen level later dropped, and she was kept on supplemental oxygen for about a month. She eventually moved back to her room after showing signs of improvement.

Brown had recovered from COVID-19 by the time of her 110th birthday in January 2021, making her one of the oldest known survivors of the disease. On 19 January 2021, the day before her 110th birthday, she received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Hilda Brown died in Berkeley, New Jersey, United States on 22 June 2021 in Berkeley, New Jersey aged 110 years, 153 days.