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Cora Meek
Cora Meek
Birth: 15 September 1889
Charleston, Illinois, USA
Death: 1 July 2001
Charleston, Illinois, USA
Age: 111 years, 289 days
Country: United StatesUSA
Validated

Cora Ellen Meek (née Levitt; 15 September 1889 – 1 July 2001) was an American supercentenarian whose age has been validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).

Biography

Meek was born as Cora Ellen Levitt in Charleston, Illinois, United States, on 15 September 1889 as the youngest of three children born to William Franklin Levitt and Eliza Jane (née McKenzie) Levitt, who lived to be 83 and 85 respectively. She had two brothers, Chauncey and Alva, who lived to be 83 and 91.

Meek married Henry Ward Meek in St. Joseph, Michigan, on 15 July 1905 and had four children: Cora Helen (married McGill, 1906–2003), Carl A. (1908-1977), Virginia E. (married Ryan, 1910–2005). Her other son, Ward Meek Jr, died at birth. Her husband died on 9 June 1920 of typhoid fever, having been married for almost 15 years.

Meek was a local folk artist and enjoyed quilting. Her quilts may be found in the Smithsonian Institute and the Tarble Arts Center in Charleston, Illinois, as well as museums and institutions in all 50 states. She died in Charleston, Illinois, United States, on 1 July 2001 at the age of 111 years, 289 days.

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