Margaret Hollenshead

  • Lifespan: Apr. 22, 1911 – Apr. 28, 2023
  • Age: 112 years, 6 days
  • Birthplace: Chanute, Neosho County, Kansas, USA
  • Last residence: Chanute, Neosho County, Kansas, USA
  • Validation date: Apr. 26, 2023
  • Validation source: Waclaw Jan Kroczek

Margaret Hollenshead was born as Margaret Berthot on April 22, 1911 in Chanute, Kansas, USA. Her parents were Charles and Lena (née Chandler) Berthot. She had four younger siblings (two sisters, Leona and Mary Alice, and two brothers, Charles and Hugh). As a child, Hollenshead wanted to become a lawyer, but was refused. Instead, she studied music and then taught at different schools in the Chanute area for 35 years. She married Howard Hollenshead and gave birth to three children: Margaret Ann, Hugh and Lynn. The couple lived in Texas, California and Oklahoma before settling back in Kansas in 1947. Howard worked in the oil industry and joined Margaret’s family’s business, Berthot Planing Mill, after returning to Chanute. Howard died on October 31, 1988. Hollenshead’s younger sister, Mary Alice Adell, died in 2011 at the age of 96. Her younger brother, Charles Berthot, died in 2022 at the age of 95. In November 2017, Hollenshead moved to the Country Place Senior Living and Memory Care in Chanute, Kansas, USA. She celebrated her 110th birthday on April 22, 2021. Following the death of 112-year-old Gertrude Stern on April 11, 2022, she became the oldest known living person in Kansas. She passed away in Chanute, Kansas, USA, on April 28, 2023, at the age of 112 years, 6 days.
Margaret Hollenshead age was verified by Waclaw Jan Kroczek and validated by the GRG as of Apr. 26, 2023.


  • Oldest person in Kansas (Apr. 11, 2022 – Apr. 28, 2023)

Margaret Hollenshead at age 109.

Margaret Hollenshead as a young woman (in 1930, and 1932 respectively)

Margaret Hollenshead teaching in 1974.

Margaret Hollenshead in her later years (undated)

Margaret Hollenshead at age 107:

Margaret Hollenshead at age 110.

Margaret Hollenshead at age 111.

Margaret Hollenshead at age 112.

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