Oberia Coffin

Oberia Coffin, 122, in 2006 with her caretaker Gwendolyn Traylor.

It seems ironic, doesn’t it, that someone with the last name “Coffin” could have lived longer than anyone else in history?

That could very well be the case, as some records indicate that Oberia Coffin – who passed away in 2006 – lived to be 122 years and 321 days old. Her Social Security records listed her date of birth as December 1st, 1883. However, since she had no known birth certificate, living relatives, or any record found of her in the 1900 census, that claim could not be sufficiently verified.

What we do know is that she was born in Dalby Springs, Texas, and in 1992 (at age 108) she moved into a nursing home in De Kalb, Texas, where she lived for fourteen more years.

Pink Coffin, Oberia's father

Information on Ms. Coffin is difficult to find, but one account says she may have been the oldest of 13 or 14 children. Her father, Pink Coffin (first name pronounced “Pank”) was believed to be a freed slave.

If these records are true, then Oberia Coffin lived long enough to witness more than half of all United States history. That’s not as long as the lineage of Outerbridge Horseys stretching back to 1715, but for one person, it’s pretty darn impressive. Well done, Oberia. Well done.

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12 Responses to Oberia Coffin

  1. beatrix mana says:

    I really do not want to live that long.But that is up to my Maker.Thanks,have a wonderful day.

  2. Wow – 122!!!
    Ugh – if I lived that long it would mean another 76 more Christmas’s to organise 😦

    My Father used to have a grim saying (every time I got a cold)
    ‘It’s not the cough that carries you off, it’s the coffin they carry you off in!’

    • Dave says:

      Haha, my dad too! Rob can attest to this: our dad Lars absolutely loves odd folksy sayings, almost as much as we love funny names!

      Hopefully your kids and grandkids would start organizing Christmases by the time you reached the triple digits 🙂

  3. I’m just stating a fact when I say…122 years olds scare the crap out of me. Sorry Oberia that picture probably doesn’t do you justice. However, on a lighter note..I LOVE the name Pink “Pank” Coffin, that my friend is badass.

    • Dave says:

      Yeah, I think it was honestly the only picture I could find of Oberia. I agree with you: Oberia Coffin is a pretty good name, but Pink “Pank” Coffin is one of the greatest names I’ve ever heard. Honestly, I think the fact that Oberia was Pink’s daughter was a huge reason why I decided to write this post. Also, a word of warning: if you ever try to do a Google search on someone whose first name is a color, and whose last name is Coffin, you will fail. All that shows up is coffin manufacturers.

  4. that’s crazy!…she must have eaten a lot of ox-tail soup (which according to my mom, “makes you healthy as an ox”).

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  6. Dave says:

    Reblogged this on The Blog of Funny Names and commented:

    An old favorite (no pun intended) that started a tradition over here at the Blog of Funny Names: extremely literal caption photos.

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