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Daisey Bailey
Daisey Bailey
Birth: 30 March 1896
Wilson County, Tennessee, USA
Death: 7 March 2010
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Age: 113 years, 342 days
Country: United StatesUSA

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.[1]


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),[2] 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.[2]


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.[3] The death left Mississippi Winn as the verified oldest living African American until her death on 14 January 2011.