Mattie Ivy at the age of 110
|Birth:||14 January 1903|
Crawford County, Georgia, USA
|Death:||7 May 2013|
Ocilla, Irwin County, Georgia, USA
|Age:||110 years, 113 days|
Mattie Ivy (née Prater; 14 January 1903 – 7 May 2013) was an American supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). She was one of the oldest known people in the US state of Georgia at the time of her death.
Mattie Ivy was born as Mattie Prater in Crawford County, Georgia, United States, on 14 January 1903. She was the only child of her parents John and Elberta (née Worsham, formerly Marshall) Prater. Her mother had five children from a previous marriage.
On 22 February 1928, aged 25, Ivy married her first husband Esop Wilcox, a widower at the time. Ivy herself had become a nurse shortly prior to her marriage. On 1 February 1930, Esop witnessed the lynching of James Irwin, a black man accused of murder, by an angry mob who were members of the Ku Klux Klan. Esop Wilcox died in 1971 after 43 years of marriage. Ivy retired from nursing in 1973 after the death of her employer.
Frederick Ivy was Mattie’s second husband, whom she married in 1976. The couple moved to New Jersey and lived there until Frederick’s death in 1994. Ivy remained in New Jersey until 2001, when she moved back to Ocilla, Georgia. She had no children with either of her husbands. In 2011, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ocilla-Irwin Chamber of Commerce.
Mattie Ivy died in Ocilla, Georgia, United States, on 7 May 2013, at the age of 110 years, 113 days.