|Birth:||30 March 1896|
Wilson County, Tennessee, USA
|Death:||7 March 2010|
Detroit, Michigan, USA
|Age:||113 years, 342 days|
Daisey Bailey (née Flowers; 30 March 1896 – 7 March 2010) was a validated American supercentenarian, who at the age of 113 years, 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 was born in Wilson County, Tennessee in 1896 to Frances and Fannie Flowers. She had 3 sisters; Myrtle, Pearl, and Gertie.
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 had four children (all deceased), 20 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren.
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, until her death.
She credited her longevity to always praying, loving, forgiving, and eating vegetables.
Bailey died 23 days short of her 114th birthday on 7 March 2010 at the age of 113 years, 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 14 January 2011.
- – 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. http://abclocal.go.com/wtvg/story?section=news/local&id=6053383. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
- Report on the death of Daisey Bailey