The Oldest Living San Franciscan Has Died — At Age 114

Updated: Feb 16, 2021 20:26
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The oldest known living person in San Francisco — and in the entire state of California, for that matter — was Balboa Park resident Lucy Mirigian, born in 1906 in Western Armenia, what we now call Turkey. Lucy Mirrigian passed away at home with her family on Friday, February 12. She was 114. 

“She wasn’t really sick,” her daughter Sonia Mirigian-Koujakian told the Chronicle. “She died of being 114.”

There is some dispute over whether Mirigian was 113 or 114 years old. According to the Gerontology Wiki, “Her age is currently pending validation by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).”

Mirigian gamed fame in 2017, when the government decided she was dead and cut off her pension. Representative Jackie Spiere intervened, and helped Ms. Mirigian get her pension back.

So who is the oldest San Franciscan now? That distinction may go to Galileo High School alumni Frank Brucia, who is 103, and was featured in a 2019 Chrnicle profile. We’re reaching out to the Institute on Aging for clarification on that one.

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