Edith Ceccarelli

  • Lifespan: 05.02.1908
  • Age: 115 years
  • Birthplace: Willits, Mendocino County, California, USA
  • Last residence: Willits, Mendocino County, California, USA
  • Application date: 05.02.2018
  • Validation date: 16.03.2022
  • Validation source: Robert Young/Evelyn Persico/Oliver Thorpe/Ilias Leivaditis/Waclaw Jan Kroczek

Edith “Edie” Ceccarelli was born in Willits, California, USA on February 5, 1908. She was the first of seven children born to Italian immigrants Agostino and Maria Recagno. She married Elmer “Brick” Keenan and moved to Santa Rosa, California, where he worked as a pressman for the Santa Rosa Democrat. When he retired after 36 years, they returned to Willits. After her husband’s death in 1984, she married Charles Ceccarelli in 1986. She widowed in 1990.

Ceccarelli lived in her own home until the age of 107, after which she moved into a senior living facility. She had one hip replaced at the age of 109 and the other at the age of 111.

Ceccarelli celebrated her 110th birthday and became a supercentenarian in February 2018. She was still capable of walking with the aid of a walker as of her 114th birthday in 2022.

As of her 115th birthday in Feb. 2023 Ceccarelli lived in the town of her birth – Willits, California, USA.


Ceccarelli became the oldest living person in California following the death of Mila Mangold on 2 July 2022. She is currently the second-oldest validated person ever born in the U.S. state of California, after Maria Branyas Morera.

Following the death of Bessie Hendricks on January 3, 2023, Ceccarelli became the oldest validated living person in the United States (Doyenne of the USA).

Since the death of Lucile Randon on January 17, 2023, Ceccarelli has been the third-oldest living person in the world whose age is validated by the GRG, after Maria Branyas Morera and Fusa Tatsumi.

Since the death of Hazel Plummer on May 25, 2023, Ceccarelli has been the last surviving validated person in the United States who was born in 1908.

On October 16, 2023, at the age of 115 years, 253 days, she became the oldest person ever to have lived in California after surpassing the final age of Christian Mortensen of San Rafael, California.


The case of Edith Ceccarelli was verified by Robert Young, Evelyn Persico, Oliver Thorpe, Ilias Leivaditis, and Waclaw Jan Kroczek, and validated by the GRG as of Mar. 16, 2023.

Edith Ceccarelli on her 110th birthday.

Edith Ceccarelli in her childhood, as a young girl, and in 1924, aged 16.

Edith Ceccarelli’s graduation photo (1927)

Edith Ceccarelli at age 24 (1932)

The Recagno family.

Edith Ceccarelli at age 100. (2008)

Ceccarelli on her 109th birthday.

Edith Ceccarelli on her 111th birthday.

Edith Ceccarelli on her 112th birthday.

Edith Ceccarelli on her 113th birthday.

Edith Ceccarelli on her 114th birthday.

Edith Ceccarelli on her 115th birthday.

Edith Ceccarelli with Robert Young; Oct. 26, 2023