Ellen Goodwill
Ellen Goodwill
Ellen Goodwill on her 111th birthday.
Birth: 2 February 1907
Paris, Kentucky, USA
Age: 113 years, 349 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Ellen Goodwill (née Lear; born 2 February 1907) is an American supercentenarian who is the oldest known person living in Michigan. Her age is validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Ellen Goodwill was born Ellen Lear in Paris, Kentucky, USA, on 2 February 1907. As a young adult, she moved to Columbus, Ohio, USA, and became a model. In 1947, she married Augustus “Gus” Goodwill in Battle Creek, Michigan, USA, after meeting him at a dance several years prior. The couple had no children. She worked dressing shop windows in Battle Creek until her arthritis prevented her from doing so.

Goodwill's husband died in 1972, after 25 years of marriage. Goodwill celebrated her 110th birthday in 2017 with her neighbours, friends, and family. As of her 111th birthday in 2018, she still enjoys to read magazines and do crafts in her nursing home.

Goodwill currently lives in Battle Creek, Michigan, USA, at the age of 113 years, 349 days. She became the oldest known living person in Michigan following the death of Irene Dutton on 15 May 2020.



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