March 30, 1896
|Died||March 7, 2010
(aged 113 years, 342 days)
Detroit, Michigan, United States
|Cause of death||Organ failure|
Oldest living African-Americanand 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.
Bailey, then aged just 14, married 20-year-old Will Ready in 1910. Ready died in the 1930s. Bailey worked on a plantation and did housework and cutting wood. After living in Wilson County all of her life, she moved to Pontiac, Michigan in 1943.
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.
Bailey died 23 days short of her 114th birthday on March 7, 2010 at the age of 113 years and 342 days. The cause of death was reported as organ failure. The death left Mississippi Winn as the verified oldest living African American until her death on January 14, 2011.
- List of supercentenarians from the United States
- List of the verified oldest people
- List of the verified oldest women
- – Two of the oldest people in the world die on the same day – Yahoo! News
- "Detroit Woman Has 113th B-Day!". ABC 13. 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
- Report on the death of Daisey Bailey