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Mary Phil Cota
Mary Phil Cota
Birth: 5 July 1870
Santa Barbara, California, USA
Death: 22 July 1982
California, USA
Age: 112 years, 17 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Mary Phil Cota (née Romero; 5 July 1870 – 22 July 1982) was a validated American supercentenarian.


Mary Philomena Romero was born as Maria Filomena Romero, the daughter of Pedro Romero Rodriguez and Viviana Sanchez Hernandez in Santa Barbara, California, USA, on 5 July 1870. She married Edward Zielke on 9 February 1889 using a fake last name and place of birth. The couple moved to Washington and then Nebraska and had nine children within 15 years. Edward Zielke died in 1907 following an accident that occurred the year before. Mary and her children then moved in with Antonio Cota in California, whom Mary also married. They were divorced by WWI.

Mary Phil Cota then supposedly lived in Los Angeles for many years until she moved in with a daughter a few years before her death. Mary Phil Cota died in California, USA, on 22 July 1982 at the age of 112 years, 17 days.

Mary Cota's daughter Rosabell Fenstermaker (1893–2005) lived to be 111 years, 344 days old – the first verified known mother-daughter supercentenarian combination. This is important as it may point to genetics as a possible explanation for extreme longevity.