Alelia Murphy, a devoted Christian died at the age of 114 after disclosing that here faith in God has been the secret behind her long and healthy life.
When she was asked during her 114th of her secret of long life, aside she never took alcohol, she responded that “Trust in God and be a good person.”
Before her death, Fox News reported that Murphy was thought to be the fifth-oldest living person worldwide.
The family announced her death in statement on Tuesday: “It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of Mrs. Aleila Murphy. Mrs. Murphy was the oldest living American, having celebrated her 114th birthday in July, surrounded by her family, friends, community leaders, & members of our AFRAM Caucus,” they noted.
“Our deepest condolences are with Mrs. Murphy’s daughter, 1199SEIU Montefiore retiree Rose Green, and with the rest of their family during this difficult time.”
According to Faithwire, The iconic Harlem resident was born in North Carolina all the way back in 1905, the same year that Albert Einstein put forward his Theory of Relativity. In 1953 she was widowed and managed to single-handedly support her family by working as a seamstress.
Murphy’s local community threw her a huge birthday bash in July as she ticked over into her 115th year. According to CNN, State Sen. Brian Benjamin was in attendance, calling the stoic woman a “Harlem landmark” and thanking her for her service to the community.
“I’m so proud of her and so glad to have her as long as I have,” Murphy’s daughter, Rose Green, said at the time.
The Lord kept her here for so long,” Murphy’s grandaughter, Nefer Nekhet, added to PIX11 at the party. “We ask her, ‘Grandma, you been here for a very long time,’ and she said, ‘I’m here because you all don’t know how to live, I’m here to teach you all how to live and things to do!’”
Faithwire, continued that, Alelia’s neighbors also announced that July 6 would forever be known as “Alelia Murphy Appreciation Day.”
Following Murphy’s passing, the acclaimed title has been passed to Hester Ford, a 114-year-old great-grandmother who was born in South Carolina in August of 1905.
According to the New York Post, Murphy’s funeral will be held on Dec. 6 at the United House of Prayer for All People in Harlem.