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Katherine Anderson
Katherine Anderson
Anderson on her 104th birthday in 2017
Birth: 31 July 1913
Cortland, Illinois, USA
Death: 6 December 2020
Greeneville, Tennessee, USA
Age: 107 years, 128 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Katherine Anderson (31 July 1913 – 6 December 2020) was an American centenarian who was one of the oldest victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Early Life, and Family

Anderson was born in Cortland, Illinois, USA on on 31 July 1913. She grew up on her family’s farm with her two sisters, who lived to the ages of 100 and 102. She attended a one-room schoolhouse, but dropped out in the eighth grade due to the economic pressures of the Great Depression.

Anderson and her husband, Floyd, were married for 56 years prior to his death in 1992. The couple had two children, Charlene and Kenneth. Anderson became a clerk at Gibson Cleaners when her youngest child went to college, and she continued working there for 30 years. She also did sewing and laundry for other people, as well as for her own family. She reportedly enjoyed word puzzles, bird watching, and sightseeing.

Later Life, and Death

In May 2017, at the age of 103, Anderson moved into an assisted living facility in Greenville, Tennessee in order to be closer to her daughter. Her 104th birthday celebration in July 2017 was attended by State Rep. David Hawk, and Greene County Sheriff Pat Hankins. At the time, Anderson was reported to be in good health and was still able to dance.

Anderson died from complications due to COVID-19 on 6 December 2020 at the age of 107 years, 128 days, making her one of the oldest victims of the coronavirus pandemic. At the time of her death, she had three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.