Ada Roe

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Ada Roe, née Giddings (6 February 1858 – 11 January 1970)[1] was a British supercentenarian and was the last verified living person to have been born in the 1850s. She was born in Islington, England, and moved to Lowestoft, Suffolk over 60 years before her death with her husband, who died shortly afterwards.[2] Roe was the oldest recognised living person between 4 May 1969 and her death aged 111 years 339 days at Lowestoft, England.[3] She ran a dairy shop in Lowestoft for over 75 years, continuing to help at the age of 110.[4] She attributed her longevity to a good childhood.[2] She lived 12 days longer than British Botanical artist and aristocrat, The Honourable, Katherine Plunket, hence breaking the record for the oldest lived person in Britain, a record that the latter held for 38 years.

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  1. ^ Validated supercentenarians who lived and/or died in the UK The Gerontology Research Group
  2. ^ a b "Mrs Ada Roe". The Times. 1969-02-05. p. 10. 
  3. ^ World's Oldest Person Titleholders (since 1955) The Gerontology Research Group
  4. ^ "Shopkeeper 110 years old today". The Times. 1968-02-06. p. 2. 

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Preceded by
Marie Bernátková
Oldest recognised living person
4 May 1969 – 11 January 1970
Succeeded by
Josefa Salas Mateo
Preceded by
John Mosely Turner
Oldest person in the United Kingdom
21 March 1968 – 11 January 1970
Succeeded by
Alice Stevenson