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Mamie Eva Keith
Mamie Eva Keith
Mamie Eva Keith in 1986.
Birth: 22 March 1873
Illinois, USA
Death: 20 September 1986
Illinois, USA
Age: 113 years, 182 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Mamie Eva Keith (née Walter; 22 March 1873 – 20 September 1986)[1] was a validated American supercentenarian and the second-oldest recognized person in the world from 21 February 1986 until her death seven months later in the Winchester House nursing home, in Libertyville, Illinois.[2]


Mamie Eva Keith was born in Illinois on 22 March 1873. She was a teacher in an elementary school in Anna, Illinois, where she was born.[3]

Keith, who lived in Illinois, was thought to have succeeded the now discredited case of Shigechiyo Izumi of Japan, and was included in the Guinness Book of Records 1987 edition. Until 2012, she was considered the world's oldest living woman in December 1985, when 113-year-old Ollie Bay died in Illinois to her own death 10 months later, but 115-year-old Augusta Holtz was later validated as being born in August 1871.

Keith's father was a veteran of the American Civil War, where he served under Gen. William T. Sherman. Keith is said to have remembered hearing the news of Custer's Last Stand, a battle fought when she was three years old.

Mamie Eva Keith died in Illinois, on 20 September 1986 at the age of 113 years, 182 days.