Harlem woman Alelia Murphy believed to be oldest living American at 114July 5, 2019
By Lia Eustachewich | New York Post
A longtime Harlem resident’s birthday on Saturday may be one for the record book — at 114 years old, she’ll become what’s believed to be the oldest living person in America.
Alelia Murphy was born in North Carolina on July 6, 1905, when Theodore Roosevelt was president. She raised two children by herself following the death of her husband at a young age.
The likely record-setting supercentenarian, who’s lived in Harlem since the 1920s, credits her long life to eating well and staying active, her nurse Natalia Mhlambiso told the Manhattan Times.
“She grew up in the South in the days before processed food, so she ate very healthy,” Mhlambiso, who visits Murphy twice a week, told the local outlet. “Keeping active when you are younger, and eating healthy and continuing to do so — it really does help a lot.”
Murphy added, “Trust in God and be a good person.”
Her age has been verified by the Gerontology Research Group, the Los Angeles-based organization that has been tracking people 110 and older since 1990.
Murphy currently ranks as the eighth-oldest person in the world, behind five women from Japan and two from France, according to GRG.
To help mark the special occasion, Murphy will be feted at the Harlem State Office Building on Friday night by the 1199SEIU and other dignitaries.
Murphy’s daughter, Rose Green, is a retired member of the health care union.
Green described her mother as a “gift from God.”