Daisey Bailey

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Daisey Bailey
Born Daisey Flowers
(1896-03-30)March 30, 1896
Watertown, Tennessee,
United States
Died March 7, 2010(2010-03-07)
(aged 113 years, 342 days)
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Cause of death
Organ failure
Known for Supercentenarian

Oldest living African-American

and Oldest living Michigan resident

Daisey Bailey (née Flowers; March 30, 1896 – March 7, 2010) was an African-American supercentenarian, who at the age of 113 years and 342 days, was the fourth oldest person in the world and the third oldest living person in the United States. Coincidentally, Mary Josephine Ray, who had held the title of being the oldest living person in the United States and second oldest in the world, died just a few hours before Bailey.[1] She became the oldest black person in the world upon the death of 114-year-old Maggie Renfro on 22 January 2010.[2] Bailey became one of the 100 verified oldest women ever on 13 October 2009. She was one of the 100 verified oldest people ever from December 16, 2009, until April 30, 2013.


Bailey was born in Wilson County, Tennessee in 1896 to Frances and Fannie Flowers.[3] She had 3 sisters; Myrtle, Pearl, and Gertie.[3]

Bailey, then aged just 14, married 20-year-old Will Ready in 1910.[3] Ready died in the 1930s.[3] Bailey worked on a plantation and did housework and cutting wood.[4] After living in Wilson County all of her life, she moved to Pontiac, Michigan in 1943.[4]

She had four children (all deceased),[5] 20 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren.[3]

She moved into 25-year-old Helen Walker's residence in 1953 to help raise her young children. In the 1990s, Bailey moved in with her 73-year-old granddaughter Helen Arnold, and lived in Detroit, Michigan, till her death.

She credited her longevity to always praying, loving, forgiving, and eating vegetables.[5]


Bailey died 23 days short of her 114th birthday on March 7, 2010 at the age of 113 years and 342 days.[6] The cause of death was reported as organ failure.[7] The death left Mississippi Winn as the verified oldest living African American until her death on January 14, 2011.

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