Bertha Fry
Bertha Fry


December 1, 1893


November 14, 2007

Cause of death


Bertha Fry (née Vanosdol) (December 1, 1893 – November 14, 2007) was an American supercentenarian. She was age 113 years 348 days old at the time of her death. She lived in Muncie, Indiana and still ties with Yasu Akino. She and Yasu both die 17 days shy of their 114th birthday.

Fry was born in a farm in Vevay, Indiana, while Grover Cleveland was in his second (non-consecutive) term as President. There has been remarkable longevity in her family. Her mother lived to 90, and her father lived to be 95. Her first husband died in the 1930s, and she re-married during the Second World War.[1]

At the time of her death she was the third-oldest living person in the world, although she was only the second-oldest in the state of Indiana. Edna Parker, who resided in Shelbyville, Indiana, was several months older and, as of August 13, 2007, was the oldest living person in the world until her death on November 26, 2008. At the age of 113, on April 21, 2007, Fry met with Parker, at that time the second-oldest living person in the world, who had just turned 114 the day before. This set the highest combined age of two supercentenarians meeting at 227 years.[2] Fry died at the Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, of pneumonia.[3] She is the 97th oldest person to have ever lived, as of October 2012 and will go down to 96 when DWTS 16 starts.

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