Emma Otis
Emma Otis
Emma Otis at the age of 111
Birth: 22 October 1901
Lawson, Washington, USA
Death: 25 October 2015
Poulsbo, Washington, USA
Age: 114 years, 3 days
Country: USA FlagUSA

Emma Gustava Otis (née Erikson; 22 October 1901 – 25 October 2015) was an validated American supercentenarian, who at the time of her death was the second-oldest living person in the United States and overall the 10th-oldest in the world. She is also the oldest person ever from the US state of Washington.


Emma Gustava Erikson was born on 22 October 1901, in Lawson, King County, Washington, to Swedish parents John and Emma Thoren Erikson.[1][2] She moved to Gig Harbour at the age of 4.[3]

She married Bob Otis in January 1921.[1] The couple had 3 children, and were married for 40 years, until his death in 1961.[2][4]

Otis remained active well into her 90s. She reportedly climbed the roof of her house at age 100, to remove moss.[2] Otis also holds the distinction of being the oldest member of the Girl Scouts of America.[3]

At the time of her death, she resided at Liberty Shores Harbor House, in Poulsbo, Washington.[2]

Otis died 3 days after her 114th birthday, in October 2015.[5]


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