21 January 2009

RIP: Beatrice Farve

Beatrice Scarlett Farve
30 Apr 1895 – 19 Jan 2009

ZUI this article from the Macon (GA) Telegraph:
A woman considered to be the second oldest person in the world has died at 113 years old.

Beatrice Farve died Monday in Brunswick, Ga., her daughter, Joan Farve, told The Associated Press on Tuesday. She became the second-oldest person earlier this month with the death of 115-year-old Maria de Jesus of Portugal, said Robert Young, a senior gerontology consultant for the Guinness Book of World Records.


Farve was born Beatrice Scarlett in Camden County, Ga., in 1895. Her family says she sold beauty products until she was 100.

She married Dennis Farve in 1921 and had five children. They are all still living, Joan Farve said, declining to give her own age.

Wikipedia has an article here.

She is the fourth supercentenarian listed by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) to die since the death of Maria de Jesus on 2 January. The other three were Manuela Fernandez-Fojaco of Spain (18 Jun 1895-6 Jan 2009), Myrtle Jones of Australia (18 Apr 1897-12 Jan 2009) and Takashi Hattori of Japan (12 Mar 1898-12 Jan 2009).

The GRG's list of validated living supercentenarians (people who have reached their 110th birthday) currently includes 89 people (7 men and 82 women), ranging from Gertrude Baines of California (born 6 Apr 1894) to Romanie Pollet of Belgium (born 21 Dec 1898). According to the GRG, the second-oldest person in the US is now Mary Josephine Ray of New Hampshire (born 17 May 1895), the world's third-oldest person. Besse Cooper (born 26 Aug 1896), the world's 19th-oldest person, is now the oldest resident of Georgia.

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