Frank Sinatra. Salt water taffy. The light bulb. New Jersey has no shortage of claims to fame, and to those it can add being the lifelong home of Adele Dunlap — American’s oldest living resident. Dunlap, who is 113 years, 7 months and 1 week old, comes in at number 10 on the list of World Living Supercentenarians, according to Robert D. Young, director of the GRG Supercentenarian Research and Database Division, who confirmed to ABC News that Dunlap is the oldest American living in the nation. There is one older living American — Marie-Josephine Gaudette, who is 114 — but she lives abroad.
Dunlap was born on December 12, 1902, in Newark, New Jersey, the youngest of four siblings, and lived her life in Hunterdon County. She was a school teacher until she married and had children — two sons and a daughter, who died in her 40s.
Dunlap’s 86-year-old son, Earl Jr., said his mother’s title came as a surprise to the family. “We knew she was pretty old, but there are so many people that are just as old it seems,” he told ABC with a laugh, adding she had always been there for him. Dunlap now has seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
“She is lovely,” said Susan Dempster, activities director of the Country Arch Care Center in Pittstown, where Adele lives. “She’s quiet, but will raise her hand when she needs to be heard. She attends church, entertainment and the word games activities. This week, we announced [the record title] at an event. She nodded and everyone clapped for her. It’s really sinking in a little bit for her. She’s our local celebrity now.”
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