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Mary Electa Bidwell née Nobel (May 19, 1881– April 25, 1996)[1] was an American supercentenarian.
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She died at age 114 years 342 days on April 25, 1996, twenty-four days before her 115th birthday. She is formely the 33rd oldest verified person ever and she was surpassed as the 33rd oldest person by a Japanese woman, Misawo Okawa . She was also the oldest person ever to die in Connecticut.[2][3][4]

Her parents were Charles Woodruff Bidwell and Alice Beach Nobel.[3] She was a descendant of John Bidwell, one of the founders of Hartford, Connecticut. Bidwell worked as a teacher in a one-room school house for six years. She married Charles Hubbell Bidwell, a distant cousin, in 1906.[2]

Bidwell lived on her own in North Haven, Connecticut, until she was 110, when she turned to be a supercentenarian. Bidwell died at the Arden House, a nursing home in Hamden, Connecticut.[1][4] She was the last surviving person documented as born in 1881.


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