Janet Davis
Janet Davis
Birth: 7 December 1902
Wabash Township, Fountain County, Indiana, USA
Death: 23 August 2013
Carmel, Indiana, USA
Age: 110 years, 259 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Janet Mura Davis (7 December 1902 – 23 August 2013) was an American supercentenarian whose age is pending by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Janet Davis was born as Mura Jeannette Davis in Wabash Township, Fountain County, Indiana, USA on 7 December 1902. Her parents were James Davis and Iola (née Paschel) Davis. She had four siblings. She never married and had no children.

She attended school in a one room schoolhouse in Snoddy’s Mill that included grades one through eight. At World War I in 1917, at 15, she served as a Red Cross volunteer.

She graduated from the Indiana Common Schools with a certificate of proficiency in Orthography, Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, Geography, English Grammar, Physiology, U. S. History, Agriculture, Domestic Science and Music on 7 June 1918, and received a diploma from Kingman High School on 28 April 1922.

On 16 September 1925, Janet obtained her nursing diploma from the Methodist Episcopal Hospital and Deaconess Home, also known as the Methodist Hospital School for Nurses. She received her Registered Nursing License on 9 June 1926.

She worked as a nurse at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis during her career, attaining the status of Director of Nurses. She attended conferences in Boston, New York, Atlanta and other major American cities during these years.

In the years after she retired, Janet traveled abroad, visiting Holland, Germany, England, Switzerland, Greece, Lichtenstein, Italy, Turkey and Israel. Janet toured the Holy Land extensively - Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Emmaus, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Samaria, Garden of Gethsemane, Corinth and Bethlehem. She also toured the U.S. with her sisters Helen and Jerry, visiting Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Canyon, and the Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.

She attended the Bellaire United Methodist Church and served as church secretary-treasurer from 1972 until her retirement from that position in 2004 at the age of 102. She lived on her own at Marcy Lane Village Apartments from 1951 until November 2005, when, at age 103, she moved to Carmel Health & Living Center.

On her 110th birthday, when asked what could account for her long and healthy life, she answered, "walking".

Janet Davis died in Carmel, Indiana, USA at 6:30 a.m. on 23 August 2013 at the age of 110 years, 259 days. She is survived by two great-nephews John Sowers and Kent Sowers; two great-nieces Lisa Harlan and Edie Bennett; and two distant relatives Al Jones and Mildred Jones.


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