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Rosemary Quinn
Rosemary Quinn
Birth: 17 January 1899
Morrilton, Arkansas, USA
Death: 17 January 2009
Barling, Arkansas, USA
Age: 110 years, 0 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Rosemary Quinn (17 January 1899 – 17 January 2009) was an American supercentenarian whose age has been validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Quinn was born in Morrilton, Arkansas, United States, on 17 January 1899 as the second of four children born to Joseph Leo Quinn and Henrietta D. (née Rankin) Quinn. She spent a lot of her childhood in Vian, Oklahoma (then Oklahoma Territory) due to her father being a freight agent for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. She graduated from high school in 1918 and became a teacher in 1920.

Quinn taught in grammar schools in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and Nampa, Idaho. She moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, with her sister Grace in the mid 1920s, where they taught for around 40 years. Every summer, the sisters would drive to Arkansas to visit their family. Rosemary enjoyed collecting American Indian jewellery.

Quinn and her sister retired from teaching in the late 1960s and returned to their hometown of Morrilton, where they built a home and maintained a garden. Between 1987 and 1988, all of Quinn’s sisters died, all aged between 84 and 91. As a nonagenarian, Quinn moved to Fort Smith, Arkansas, to be closer to her niece.

Four generations of her family turned up to celebrate Quinn’s centennial birthday. She never married nor had children of her own, but she had several great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Quinn died in Barling, Arkansas, United States, on 17 January 2009, her 110th birthday. Her age was validated by Stefan Gelow and Filipe Prista Lucas and officially validated by the GRG on 25 February 2010.