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Rosa Beckner
Rosa Beckner
Birth: 11 November 1903
Roanoke County, Virginia, USA
Death: 7 February 2015
Franklin County, Virginia, USA
Age: 111 years, 88 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Rosa May Beckner (née Jamison; formally Bryant; 11 November 1903 – 7 February 2015) was an American supercentenarian whose age is currently pending by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). She was one of the oldest known people in the US state of Virginia at the time of her death.


Rosa May Beckner was born as Rosa May Jamison, to Christian Emory Jamison and Martha Frances (née Showalter) Jamison, in Roanoke County, Virginia, USA, on 11 November 1903. Her mother died when she was 3 years, so she was raised by her father and stepmother, Ida. Rosa married James Preston Bryant when she was 25, and the couple had two sons, James Henry and Norris Clay. Both sons are now deceased. Her husband died in 1941. Later, Rosa married Carl Beckner, who had six children of his own, and the couple moved to North Carolina. When her second husband passed away in 1973, Beckner stayed in North Carolina for about five years before moving back to Roanoke in 1978.

Members of her family had also experienced longevity: her father lived to 95, her uncle lived to 94, her great-aunt lived to 93, her sister Annie lived to 108, her sister Bessie lived to 96/97, her half sister Blanche lived to 94.

Rosa Beckner died in Franklin County, Virginia, USA, on 7 February 2015, at the age of 111 years, 88 days.