Virginia McLaurin was the son of a Black family that sharedcroppers. the Jim Crow South, and she took a star turn when she was a centenarian when they danced with the Obamas at the White House, which died Monday.

According to Ms. McLaurin’s family, she had been receiving hospice treatment and passed away peacefully in Maryland where her son resides. Deborah Menkart, a close friend, helped to arrange the White House meeting. the Obamas. According to her own accounting, she was 113 but didn’t have a birth record.

Ms. McLaurin was a South Carolina native, she married three times, and had three children, according to Ms. Menkart in a telephone interview Tuesday night.

She is survived by her son Felipe Cardoso, her daughter Idamae Streeter and at least 50 other descendants, including a great-great-great-grandchild, her family said. Mr. Cardoso stated that Willie Johnson Jr. was also a son who died many decades ago.

Ms. McLaurin, Olney, Md. said that Ms. Cardoso took him in when he turned three years old, and then adopted him later.

For decades, Ms. McLaurin was a quiet Washingtonian. But her life changed when she was invited to a Black History Month reception. the White House

You enter a room that contains the Obamas were waiting to welcome her. She raised her hands in greeting and yelled “Hi!” As President Obama held her arms, Obama began to move in place supported by her cane.

“How are you?” Mr. Obama asked.

“I’m fine!” McLaurin exclaimed, her head bouncing with excitement.

As Obama led her across the ocean, the He begged Michelle Obama to give him room the Centenarians can have it all. “Slow down now,” He spoke affectionately. “Don’t go too quick!”

In the The center of the Ms. McLaurin danced briefly with Mrs. Obama in the same room. Next, a president and a first lady were on their feet. the She paused to take in the other things she was thinking about the setting — and her place in American history.

“I thought I would never live to get in the White House,” She said slowly, carefully, “Assist me!” the Obamas chirped encouragement. She also said she was “so happy” It would be great to have a Black couple there.

“You have just made our day,” Mrs. Obama said. “You know that? That energy, man.”

“Well, you made my day,” Ms. McLaurin replied.

“People focus on her dancing” With the Ms. Menkart spoke on Tuesday about Obamas. “But she also spoke — and drove the conversation in a way that many people would not have known how to do.”

Virginia Lugenia McLaurin’s exact birth date is unclear. She claimed that it was March 12, 1909 as recorded in her family Bible. The Washington Post reported. According to Ms. Menkart’s 2016 letter to The New York Times from South Carolina’s Vital Records Department, she was believed to have been born March 12, 1916. But the The letter noted that there were no birth records for her between 1898 and 1903. the Years 1915-1920

What is clear is that Ms. McLaurin’s hometown was Cheraw, S.C. It was incorporated in 1820 It is approximately 100 miles from the nearest airport by car. the Atlantic coast

According to Ms. Menkart her father John Oliver Campbell had died when she turned 1. Flora Ella McQueen, her mother, taught her how to sew.

“We had working clothes and Sunday clothes,” Ms. McLaurin later spoke with an interviewer to complete an oral history project. “Now, you wear anything you want.”

She said her grandfather was a Methodist minister and that her stepfather was a Baptist, and that she was baptized in a white man’s fishing pond when she was about 11.

She said she would walk 10 miles to school in one pair of shoes per year. When she was 18, she quit. the Eighth grade is the best year to get married.

Ms. Menkart stated that her first husband was killed in a fight over money. She would then marry two more times.

Ms. McLaurin emigrated to Washington in 1939 as part the Massive Migration of Black People from the American South to Northern and Midwestern States. the 1910s. She worked at a shipyard and in a laundry among other places.

According to her family, she spent much of her retirement volunteering in local schools.

When the Obama administration releases the Video of her visit the White House. It was widely shared via social media, and it gave her something completely new: a public profile.

Ms. Menkart stated that strangers donated money to help her move into a better apartment and receive medical treatment. As an honor guest, she was invited to a play, a baseball game and other public events. In 2017, she celebrated her 50th birthday with the Harlem Globetrotters, and a class of public schoolchildren who called her “Grandma Virginia.”

Ms. McLaurin wanted to put it. the The clout she gained was put to good use.

Voting was a passion of hers. She recorded videos ahead of time. the 2016 election, she encouraged youth to vote because it was simple: the Only one way to count.

“Please go vote,” she said in one. “Go vote. If you don’t do anything else — if you have to crawl — go to the poll and vote.”

McLaurin also took to the public podium to emphasize her inability get an interview. the To board an aircraft, she would need government identification. A South Carolina birth certificate would have been required to obtain a nondriver photo identification. the She would have required a certificate the ID.

“I don’t think I’ll ever get that face card,” Ms. McLaurin told the Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy two months after her visit to the White House “I was birthed by a midwife and the birthday put in a Bible somewhere. I don’t know if they even had birth certificates back then.”

After Mr. Milloy had made public Catch-22, Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington was elected. announced a new regulation This has been modified the For getting the For people aged 70 or older, ID She also visited Ms. McLaurin’s home, and stood by as she signed paperwork.

Christine Chung Contributed reporting