Bonita Gibson

  • Full name: Bonita Gibson (née Spear)
  • Lifespan: July 4, 1911
  • Age: 112 years
  • Birthplace: Kansas, USA
  • Last residence: Canton, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
  • Application date: 07.07.2021
  • Validation date: 04.05.2023
  • Validation source: Waclaw Jan Kroczek/Oliver Trim/Robert Young


Gibson was born in Kansas, USA, on July 4, 1911, to parents John Franklin and Ella Mabel (Miller) Spear.

Her life has been marked by significant historical events and personal experiences:

Gibson recalls living through the Spanish Flu Pandemic, with one of her brothers serving in World War I and sending letters from the front lines. She also survived whooping cough during her childhood.

In April 1930, during the height of the Great Depression, Gibson married Kenneth Gibson in Oregon, Missouri. Two years later, in June 1932, the couple relocated to Idaho, where her husband’s uncle was involved in the wheat growing business. They faced financial challenges, including sleeping in a tent due to their inability to afford rent and walking a considerable distance to work. They welcomed a son, Kenneth Richard, in January 1937. The couple later moved to Newdale, Idaho, where her husband ventured into the potato business. In 1946, they moved to Idaho Falls, with her husband’s continued involvement in the potato industry. Eventually, he transitioned to a potato brokerage operation until his retirement in 1977. Her husband passed away in October 2003.

Even at the age of 99, Gibson embarked on her first plane ride, traveling to San Diego, California. She also tried her luck at a casino for the first time at the age of 106.

At the age of 102, she began living in a nursing home in Canton, Michigan, USA, where she still maintained a weekly routine of getting her hair done and selecting her own clothing.

In 2020, at 109 years old, Gibson demonstrated her resilience by surviving COVID-19, making her one of the oldest known survivors of the disease.

As of her 110th birthday, Bonita Gibson resides in Canton, Michigan, USA.

Longevity Recognition

Following the passing of Irene Dunham on May 1, 2022, Gibson assumed the title of the oldest known living person in Michigan.

  • Oldest living person in Michigan (01.05.2022 – present)


Bonita Gibson’s age was verified by Waclaw Jan Kroczek, Oliver Trim, and Robert Young, and validated by the GRG on 4 May 2023, two months before her 112th birthday.

Bonita Gibson at age 110.

Bonita Gibson aged 6 in 1917.