Emma Didlake, America’s oldest known veteran died in a longterm care facility Sunday (Aug. 16) at the age of 110. Didlake, was a longtime resident of Detroit, and passed away one month after meting President Obama.
“Emma Didlake served her country with distinction and honor, a true trailblazer for generations of Americans who have sacrificed so much for their country,” President Obama said in a statement. “I was humbled and grateful to welcome Emma to the White House last month. Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to Emma’s family, friends, and everyone she inspired over her long and quintessentially American life.”
Didlake joined the Women’s Army Auxillary Corp. in 1943. The mother of five was 38 years old at the time.
According to her 62-year-old granddaughter, Didlake complained of feeling ill Sunday morning before her passing. “It was a month ago today that we went to the White House,” Marilyn Horne said. “I think she felt she had accomplished everything and could take her rest.”
Funeral services for Didlake will be held this Saturday (Aug. 22), at the Second Baptist Church of Detroit.