America’s Oldest Person Dies at 114

Alelia Murphy
Photo credit 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A New York City woman who was believed to be the oldest living person in the United States has died.

Alelia Murphy, who celebrated her 114th birthday in July, died on Saturday surrounded by family, according to 1199SEIU, a healthcare union where Murphy's daughter is a retired member.

“It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of Mrs. Alelia Murphy,” the union said on Twitter. “Mrs. Murphy was the oldest living American, having celebrated her 114th birthday in July, surrounded by her family, friends, community leaders, & members of our AFRAM Caucus.”

Murphy was born in 1905 in North Carolina and had her age verified by the Gerontology Research Group. She became the oldest living person in the U.S. after a 114-year-old Ohio woman, Lessie Brow, died in January.

The supercentenarian raised two children by herself after her husband passed away at an early age and her daughter, Rose Green, said she was a "gift from God."

Murphy and her family have been living in Harlem for decades, but it was not revealed as to when they arrived in New York City.

The 114-year-old’s funeral is scheduled for Dec. 6 at the United House of Prayer for All People.

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