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Beatrice Farve
Born Beatrice Scarlett
April 30, 1895(1895-04-30)
Camden County, Georgia
United States
Died January 19, 2009
Glynn County, Georgia
United States
(aged &0000000000000113.000000113 years, &0000000000000264.000000264 days)
Occupation Hotel employee
Known for Supercentenarian
Second oldest living person

Beatrice Farve (née Scarlett; April 30, 1895 – January 19, 2009) was an American supercentenarian who was, at age 113, the world's second-oldest verified person. She was also the second-oldest person in the United States, and the second-oldest African American, all behind California resident Gertrude Baines. Farve was the oldest person living in Georgia although not the oldest living person to be born there, as Baines was also born there.



Farve who was born in Spring Bluff, Georgia, moved to Brunswick after 1910.[1] There she married Dennis "Destaris" John Farve (a World War I veteran) in 1921, to whom were born five children, all still living at her death: Lottie Albury, 85; Bettie, 84; Rose, 82; Joan, 79; and Dennis Jr, 78.[1]

Farve became a Catholic in 1933. She has been registered to vote since 1946. She drove her car until age 106, when the family took the keys away.[2]

Farve worked many years as a hotel cleaning lady in posh hotels along Georgia's sea islands, such as St. Simons Island. One of her favorite hobbies was to work in the garden.[2] In her old age, she sold Avon beauty products until age 100.[1]

Farve died in her sleep on the afternoon of January 19, 2009.

Age Issue

Beatrice Scarlett was listed with her parents in the 1900 census, as aged 5 (born April 1895) and also in the 1910 census, at age 15. Although her actual date of birth is uncertain, Farve has traditionally celebrated her birthday "at the end of the month" in May. Since the 1910 census lists Farve as 15 years old on April 17, 1910, the family recently picked April 17 as her likely date of birth. Her Georgia ID card says "1905" on it, because the state's computers could not register "1895". Since the 1900 census lists both the month (April) and year, as well as current age - and because the 1910 census lists Farve as having been 15 in April 1910 - she was most likely born in April 1895.

As of April 2009, Farve is listed as one of the 100 longest lived people ever.

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