Alelia Murphy, the oldest person in the United States, has died at 114 years old.
On Wednesday, the healthcare union 1199SEIU Caregivers announced in a statement, shared on Facebook, “It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of Mrs. Alelia Murphy.
“Mrs. Murphy was the oldest living American, having celebrated her 114th birthday in July, surrounded by her family, friends, community leaders, and members of our AFRAM Caucus.
“Our deepest condolences are with Mrs. Murphy’s daughter, 1199SEIU Montefiore retiree Rose Green, and with the rest of their family during this difficult time.”
Murphy was born in 1905 in North Carolina when Theodore Roosevelt was president, and moved to Harlem in 1926 where she remained a resident for 93 years.
Alelia married her hometown sweetheart Furd Murphy in October 1926 and had two children, Frederick and Rose. The couple were together until Furd passed away in 1953.
The grandmother-of-two lived through both World Wars and witnessed 20 presidents in the White House.
In her younger years, Murphy enjoyed designing hats, dancing and baking, a skill she later passed on to her grandchildren, teaching them to make apple pies from scratch.
She credited her many years to her faith in God and abstaining from alcohol. She only took vitamins and medication for her thyroid and was not affected by other medical issues.
“No high blood pressure, no hypertension, no diabetes, nothing like that. She said her secret is moderation, she eats two vegetables with her meal every night and she says she does things in moderation.” her granddaughter, Nefer Nekhet, said.
“God blessing her, that’s the secret to be revealed.” Nekhet said.
At the time of her death, Alelia Murphy was believed to be the fifth oldest person in the world.
A funeral service will be held for Murphy on Friday, December 6, at Harlem’s Prayer for All People.
Rest in Peace Alelia Murphy. We celebrate the long full life you led.