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Emma Godfrey
Emma Godfrey
Emma Godfrey in 1997
Birth: 1 April 1887
Pottawattamie, Iowa, USA
Death: 9 July 1997
Cass, Iowa, USA
Age: 110 years, 99 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Emma Godfrey (1 April 1887 – 9 July 1997) was an American supercentenarian whose age has been validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Emma Godfrey was born on a farm in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA, on 1 April 1887. Her parents were Clarkson and Ellen Godfrey. She had seven siblings.

Godfrey worked as a teacher before taking care of her invalided mother. This was also the reason she didn't get married to the man she was in love with. She moved to a nursing home at age 100. She was very active in church. Beside teaching, she was also a seamstress for children in need of clothes.

Until she was 109, she was able to play bowling.

On her 110th birthday, she was in good spirits and said that she doesn't have any worries. She was in a wheelchair and had poor eyesighth and hearing. Her activities included playing bingo, television and attending adult-classes. Her favourite president was Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Godfrey's advices about life was to eat healthy, read the Bible and focus on the positive things.

Godfrey died in Cass County, Iowa, USA, on 9 July 1997, at the age of 110 years, 99 days.