America’s Oldest Woman Turns 114

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Alelia Murphy
Alelia Murphy

Alelia Murphy has lived to see 114 birthdays. This year’s may be the best of all.

Murphy’s local community, Harlem, New York, celebrated by giving her a special gift. The neighborhood will recognize July 6, her birthday, as “Alelia Murphy Appreciation Day.”

State Sen. Brian Benjamin presented Murphy and her family with a copy of the declaration. During a speech, Sen. Benjamin called Murphy a “Harlem landmark”.

Murphy was born in North Carolina in 1905 but has called Harlem home since 1926. Years of volunteering with community organizations and her church made her a local celebrity.

Murphy was widowed in 1953. She was able to support her two children through her job as a seamstress.

“She is the glue that holds this family together,” her granddaughter Nefer Nekhet told WPIX.

Murphy greeted partygoers from her wheelchair at the celebration. She didn’t speak at the event, but her family said Murphy thanks God for her longevity.

Rose Green, Murphy’s daughter, said she considers her mother to be her best friend. The two see each other daily. As far as the family knows, Murphy is in perfect health. “I’m so proud of her and so glad to have her as long as I have,” Green said.

The Gerontology Research Group has verified Murphy’s age. She is still behind the world’s oldest woman, Kane Tanaka of Japan, who is two years and 185 days her senior.

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