World’s oldest person, Brooklynite ‘Miss Susie’ dead at 116

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The world’s oldest living person, an East New Yorker who ascribed her longevity to eating bacon, splitting with her underwhelming ex-husband, and forgoing children, died on May 12 at the age of 116.

Supercentenarian Susannah “Miss Susie” Mushatt Jones swore off alcohol and smoking, makeup, and never dyed her hair, but she indulged in bacon and grits every morning right up until the end — and it certainly kept her young, her niece said.

“Up until recently she continued to still eat her bacon and eggs,” said 76-year-old Bensonhurster Lois Judge. “It’s amazing.”

Jones became the country’s only living soul whose life spanned three centuries on June 17, 2015, when the world’s then-oldest died in her sleep.

The sprightly senior was born on July 6, 1899 in rural Alabama. She graduated high school and then made the big move to the Big Apple via a three-day train trip in December 1922. She became a housekeeper and nanny all over the country — in New Jersey, Westchester County, Florida, and Hollywood. She made just $7 a week but saved advantageously to create a scholarship fund for students at her former high school and support her relatives as they relocated to New York.

Jones married in the late-1920s, but divorced shortly after and had no children — another factor she contributed to her longevity.

She retired in 1965 and went back to Alabama before returning to New York for good. Then moved into the Vandalia Senior Center in East New York as soon as it opened in 1983 and lived there until her final breath, celebrating every single birthday along the way — with many of her more than 100 nieces and nephews helping her blow out all the candles.

Judge spent nearly every birthday with her aunt at the senior center and said Jones couldn’t believe she was the world’s oldest living person.

“We were telling her she was the oldest person, and she said, ‘That can’t be true.’ And we said, ‘Yes it is,’ — even she didn’t believe it,” she said. “We’re happy to have known her all these years, she’s been very generous in her time and effort in speaking to us about life. She was a lovely person.”

The world’s oldest person now lives in Italy, according to Reuters.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Beverly says:
Did she die of complications related to her awful diet? Bacon is basically flavorful poison.
May 16, 2016, 10:32 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
This just won't do. Beverly, we will call you when the shuttle lands. Everyone knows that bacon comes from a farm like so many fish and chickens and vegetables. And also other things. My guess (and correct me if I'm wrong) is that you will be lucky to reach age 9.
John Wasserman
May 16, 2016, 10:53 am
Pootina from Washington says:
Get the facts "John Wassermann", she choked while trying to eat greasy bacon, then she died!
May 16, 2016, 11:56 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
I beg your pardon? I'm sorry - I missed that. Could you repeat it please? In English if you don't mind.
John Wasserman
May 16, 2016, 1:27 pm
Antonio T. says:
100 nieces and nephews? Her epitaph should read 'My Family Hates Earth'. I bet they buried her in a plastic coffin.
May 16, 2016, 1:37 pm
A Neighbor from Brooklyn says:
Antonio - she was buried in a cofffin made of bacon, her only true joy on this earth.
She never had any children herself, but the rest of her family were baby machines.
May 17, 2016, 4:04 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
She looks like a raisin.
May 17, 2016, 12:22 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Hi Tal. John Wasserman. If you don't mind, I would appreciate it if you start to think about some of the things that you say on this message board:

"She looks like a raisin."

-Do raisins have eyes?
-Are raisins the size of an elderly woman?
-Do raisins eat bacon all of the time?
-Do raisins wear clothing?
I could go on, but I don't want to start trouble here on this board. Thank you for taking this into consideration and I look forward to you perhaps turning over a new leaf, if at all possible.
John Wasserman
May 17, 2016, 3:55 pm
Antonio T. says:
$7 a week would be the equivalent of $100 to $50 a week, depending on the decade.

Tal, are you dropping hat to Langston Hughes?
May 17, 2016, 9:30 pm
HONEY Pooter from Williamsburg says:
She's more of a raisinette than a raisin. Now she's dead :-(
May 18, 2016, 7:07 am
Me from Bay Ridge says:
I have reported "gimme from yourz'" comment repeatedly today. Why is it still there?
May 18, 2016, 5:04 pm
Pam Staples from Park Slope says:
I think many of you are missing the point - she was one of the founding members of the California Rasins, singing back-up vocals on their track "Dried Grapes". She was kicked out of the band over a dispute, but I agree that she still looks like one of the legendary Raisins.
May 19, 2016, 3:11 am

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