Lillian Moran

  • Lifespan: Mar. 18, 1911
  • Age: 112 years
  • Birthplace: Maddock, Benson County, Minnesota, USA
  • Last residence: Moorhead, Clay County, Minnesota, USA
  • Validation date: Apr. 10, 2023
  • Validation source: Robert Young/Waclaw Jan Kroczek

Lillian Moran was born in Maddock, North Dakota, USA on March 18, 1911 to Jacob and Emma Julia (née Nottestad) Jacobsen. She spent her childhood in Flora She married John Moran in 1940 and they had one son Gary Wayne (1942-2019). Moran grew up on a farm, milking cows and working in the fields. The farmhouse, like everyone else’s back then, had an outdoor toilet and no electricity. Her father was a farmer and had a blacksmith shop in the small town of Flora, North Dakota, now a ghost town — no population. Moran recalls working on threshing crews, and helping out on a cook Car. At the time of her 108th birthday, Moran used a wheelchair but took no prescribed medications. In March 2021, she celebrated her 110th birthday. She became the oldest known person living in the U.S. state of Minnesota, following the death of 114-year-old Erna Zahn on August 9, 2022. Moran currently lives in Moorhead, Minnesota, USA. Moran celebrated her 112th birthday in May 2023 because she tested positive for COVID-19 in March. This was the second time Moran had survived COVID-19.
Lillian Moran’s age was verified by Robert Young and Waclaw Jan Kroczek, and validated by the GRG as of Apr. 10, 2023.


  • The oldest person in Minnesota (Aug. 9, 2022-present)

Lillian Moran at age 108.

1914; Lillian Moran, aged 3, as a young child, together with her father Jacob Jacobson in Flora, North Dakota, USA.

1924: Lillian Moran, aged 13, together with her family: parents Jacob and Julia Jacobson, and siblings: Julian, Doris, Orville, Victor, and Ruby (carried by her father)

1920s: Lillian Moran in her late teens (second from left).

Undated: Lillian Moran as a young woman:

Lillian Moran with her husband John Moran.

2021: Lillian Moran at age 110.

Lillian Moran at age 111.

Lillian Moran at age 112.

Photo courtesy of CBS News Minnesota, and Eventide Senior Living Communities.

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