|Birth: ||Sep. 13, 1890|
|Death: ||Feb. 13, 2006|
Bettie Antry (Rutherford) Wilson, born September 13th 1890, died this morning, February 13th 2006.
She was the third-oldest person in the world with documentary evidence to support her age.
She had been considered the oldest in the USA until Lizzie Bolden
(four weeks older) was authenticated, and Ms. Bolden had been considered
the oldest in the world from the death of Hendrikje Van Andel last August
until Maria Esther Capovilla of Ecuador (one day less than a year older
than Mrs. Wilson) was authenticated. Both of them are believed to still be alive.
Her death brings to a close a period in which four of the 20 oldest
documented people were alive simultaneously, the first time this had happened in years. A recent television story
story in which she and the woman right behind her (Susie Gibson, born October 31st 1890) were both interviewed
contrasted their backgrounds...Mrs. Wilson's parents
were born into slavery while Mrs. Gibson's father "just about owned" the town she grew up in.
Mrs. Wilson's son Willie turns 97 in October,his first birthday
as an orphan.
Bettie Wilson, the daughter of freed slaves who was one of
the three oldest people in America, died Monday at her home
in New Albany, Miss., of complications from congestive heart
failure, according to her great-granddaughter Della Shorter.
Wilson was 115.
Bettie Wilson was amazing," said Robert Young, a longevity
researcher in Atlanta who documented Wilson's biographical
"At 114, she was still able to read the newspaper and sign
her name," he said. She celebrated her last five birthdays
with parties for several hundred relatives and friends. Her
most recent was a picnic on her front lawn.
Wilson was never hospitalized for an illness until 106, when
she had gallstones removed.
She recovered well enough to return to her home, which she
shared with Shorter, her caretaker for the last 16 years.
Born Bettie Rutherford, Sept. 13, 1890, in Benton County,
Miss., she was the youngest of nine siblings.
She worked in the cotton fields from a young age and had
little formal education, but taught herself to read and
She married Rufus Rogers and the couple had a son before
Rogers died. She married the Rev. Dewey Wilson in 1922.
They had two children, both girls, and remained married for
72 years until her husband died at the age of 93.
Last year, when her old house was falling apart, Wilson and
Shorter moved into a new one built for them with a
government grant and contributions from local churches and
It was painted pink to set it apart from the others in the
All of her adult life, Wilson liked to pray and go to church
more than anything else, Shorter said. She also enjoyed
gardening and cooking. Wilson referred to it all as "living
She is survived by her son, Willie Rogers, age 96. Other
surviving relatives include five grandchildren, 46
great-grandchildren and 95 great-great-grandchildren.
Created by: MadameB
Record added: Feb 18, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13382347
Rest In Peace, Bettie!|
Added: Apr. 21, 2016
In honor of Bettie, her long life and her Christian Faith. "My son ,forget not my law, but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life and peace shall they add to thee." Proverbs 3:1-2|
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