Oldest American Celebrates 114th Birthday

Delphine Gibson was born in SC in 1903
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 18, 2017 12:05 AM CDT
Oldest American Celebrates 114th Birthday
In this photo provided by Pennsylvania's Department of Aging, Delphine Gibson is visited by Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne, at AristaCare Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017,   (Drew Wilburne)

The oldest known living person in the United States is celebrating her 114th birthday in Pennsylvania. The state Aging Department says Delphine Gibson hit the milestone Thursday, getting a personal greeting from the governor, the AP reports. Gibson was born in South Carolina in 1903 and moved to Pennsylvania after marrying Taylor Gibson in 1928. She's been a resident of AristaCare in Huntingdon Park for the past 15 years. Teresa Osborne, Pennsylvania's secretary of aging, says Gibson attributes her long life to a faith in God. She's a member of Mount Hope Missionary Baptist Church. (A 114-year-old New Jersey woman died earlier this year.)

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