Susie Elizabeth Gibson
née Potts (October 31, 1890 (or 1889, according to herself) – February 16, 2006) was an American supercentenarian
and the third-oldest person in the world
at the time of her death. She currently ranks as one of the 25 oldest validated persons of all time
. Moreover, Susie was older than several 'world's oldest persons'. Unfortunately she came along at a time of heavy competition: María Capovilla
, Elizabeth Bolden
and Bettie Wilson
together marked just the second time there were four living at least 115-year-olds at the same time in 2005–2006 (the first time was in 1997–1998). In addition to her age, Susie was in remarkable shape, able to be interviewed by NBC
and others and still mentally fit until her final months. Unlike those confined to a nursing home, Susie went out to eat at O'Charley's restaurant regularly, even up to age 115.
Susie was born in Corinth, Mississippi
. The oldest located document, in the 1900 Census
, lists her as born in 1890, as does the one in the 1920 Census
. Her Social Security
record, however, lists her as born in 1889.
Susie Potts married James W. Gibson in 1915, and they moved to northwest Alabama
, settling in Sheffield
. He died in 1955, and her only son, James Jr., died in 1987, aged 70. By this time, Susie was already 96 years old—and now living alone (though she had surviving grandchildren).
Susie lived on her own until age 104, when she moved into a nursing home