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Margaret Skeete
Margaret Skeete
Margaret (left) and daughter Verne in 1993.
Birth: 27 October 1878
Rockport, Texas, USA
Death: 7 May 1994
Radford, Virginia, USA
Age: 115 years, 192 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Margaret S. "Mattie" Skeete (née Seward) (27 October 1878 – 7 May 1994) was the oldest living person in the United States from the death of Ettie Mae Greene on 26 February 1992, until her own death two years later. Skeete is also the Texas state longevity recordholder, and the last verified person born in the year 1878.


Margaret Seward was born in Rockport, Texas, on 27 October 1878, to Henry and Margaret Smith Seward. She married Renn Skeete in Harris, Texas, in January 1908. The couple had 3 children.

After her husband's death in 1953, Margaret moved from Texas to Virginia, to live with her daughter Verne. Skeete died on 7 May 1994, six weeks after a fall. She was survived by her daughter Verne, who went on to become a centenarian herself, passing away in 2009, aged 100.

At the time of her death, Skeete was the oldest living person in the United States, and the second-oldest person in the world, after Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment.


United States' Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

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