Theresa Lamebull
Theresa Lamebull
Birth: 19 April 1896?
Blaine County, Montana, USA
Death: 10 August 2007
Havre, Montana, USA
Age: 111 years, 113 days?
Country: United StatesUSA
Unvalidated

Theresa Elizabeth White Weasel Walker Lamebull (née Chandler; 19 April 1896? – 10 August 2007) was an American supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). If her age is true, she could be oldest living member of the Gros Ventre Tribe of Montana and possibly the oldest Native American ever recorded.[1]

Biography

Theresa claimed to have been born on 19 April 1896, near Hays, Blaine County, Montana. Her parents were Al Chandler and Catherine White. Her Indian name was "Kills At Night," (BeeKanHay). She was raised by her grandmother, Sharp Nose. Later she went to live with her mother and stepfather, White Weasel. She attended school at St. Paul's Mission and Fort Belknap. Theresa married John Walker and out of this union there were 10 children. John and Theresa raised several other children besides their own and raised four grandchildren. John passed away in 1962. Later, she married Andrew Lamebull.

Lamebull was a fluent speaker of the Gros Ventre language, spoken by only a handful of other people. She taught the language at Fort Belknap College, and helped develop a dictionary using the Phraselator when she was 109.[2]

She died in Havre, Montana on 10 August 2007 at the claimed age of 111 years, 113 days. She is survived by 5 children, 1 brother, 2 daughters-in-law, 32 grandchildren, 78 great-grandchildren, 62 great-great-grandchildren.[3]

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