America’s Oldest Resident Celebrates Birthday at Her Own Texas Parade

Hattie Mae Allen, recognized as the oldest living person in the United States, marked her 116th birthday on Sunday with a special parade in her hometown of Waco, Texas.

A Well-Experienced Life

Born on February 11, 1908, in Montgomery County, Alabama, Allen relocated to Texas with her family during her childhood and has remained there ever since. In 1928, she married John Allen and went on to have seven children, 29 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, and 35 great-great-grandchildren. Throughout her life, she worked as a domestic worker and a seamstress.

Allen attributes her longevity to her faith in God, love for her family, and healthy habits. She abstained from smoking and drinking alcohol, favoring a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and fish. Additionally, she enjoys activities such as reading, crocheting, and watching TV.

A Memorable Birthday Celebration

To commemorate Allen’s remarkable milestone, the city of Waco orchestrated a birthday parade on Sunday afternoon. Over 100 cars, motorcycles, and trucks passed by her house, honking and waving. Some vehicles were adorned with balloons, banners, and signs expressing “Happy Birthday Hattie” and “116 and Still Going Strong.”

Wearing a pink dress and a tiara, Allen watched the parade from her front porch, responding with smiles and waves to well-wishers, including family members, friends, neighbors, church members, and local officials. The mayor of Waco presented her with a proclamation, designating February 11 as “Hattie Mae Allen Day” in the city.

Expressing gratitude and feeling overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support, Allen thanked everyone who joined the celebration, expressing that she felt “blessed and happy.”

A National Gem

According to the Gerontology Research Group, an organization tracking and verifying the ages of supercentenarians (individuals aged 110 years or older), Allen holds the title of the oldest living person in the United States and the seventh-oldest in the world. The world’s oldest living person is Kane Tanaka of Japan, who is 118 years old.

Allen’s family expressed pride in her legacy, hoping that her life will inspire others to lead long and happy lives. Anticipating future celebrations, they eagerly look forward to commemorating her next birthday and many more to come.


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