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Dorothy Keller
Dorothy Keller
Dorothy Keller at the age of 104.
Birth: 28 September 1907
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Death: 3 November 2018
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Age: 111 years, 36 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Dorothy Keller (née Hickman) (28 September 1907 – 3 November 2018) was an American supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). At the time of her death, she was one of the oldest known living people in North Carolina, USA.


Dorothy Keller was born Dorothy Hickman in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA on 28 September 1907. She graduated in 1927, and on 3 May 1928, she married Marvin Keller, with whom she fell in love whilst at church. They had two children; one of which, Barbara, was born on Dorothy’s 30th birthday in 1937.

Marvin worked as a home builder and later served as a state legislator in Pennsylvania for more than 30 years. Dorothy was by his side always, raising their children, travelling to Europe, and even meeting President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Marvin passed away in 1976 at the age of 70, leaving Dorothy a widow.

By 2005, Dorothy had lived in seven different assisted living facilities. She disliked them all, and moved in with her daughter Barbara right before her husband, Josey, died of cancer. By the time she was 104, Dorothy had broken her hip twice, but could still walk with the aid of a walker. On her 110th birthday in 2017, it was reported that her most memorable birthday was her 30th birthday, when her daughter was born.

Keller died in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, on 3 November 2018, at the age of 111 years, 36 days.