Ellen Barber
Ellen Barber
Birth: 20 October 1903
Eden Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death: 2 July 2014
Neffsville, Pennsylvania, USA
Age: 110 years, 255 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Ellen "Dolly" Barber (née Kemper; 20 October 1903 – 2 July 2014) was an American supercentenarian whose age is currently pending by Gerontology Research Group (GRG). She was one of the oldest known people in Pennsylvania at the time of her death.


Ellen Barber was born in Eden Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA on 20 October 1903. Her parents were Daniel and Ellie Kemper. She moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania with her family when she was 12. At 16, she worked at a cotton mill.

She married Thomas "Tom" Barber who was the editor of the Lancaster Sunday Newspaper. The couple had one son John "Jack" Barber (born c.1924). Her mother-in-law Ellen Kemper lived with them. She was widowed in 1985. She moved into her retirement home in 2004.

Dolly was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. She traveled to many places with her husband such as Rio de Janeiro and Havana for his work. She had the honor of having tea at the White House on two separate occasions, once with Lady Bird Johnson and once with Jacqueline Kennedy.

Ellen Barber died in Neffsville, Pennsylvania, USA on 2 July 2014 at the age of 110 years, 255 days. She is survived by one son John "Jack" Barber; two granddaughters Kathleen Morgan and Sheila Barber; and three great-grandchildren Bryan Morgan, Kathryn and John Vallilee.


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