World’s old­est per­son dies aged 116

The China Post - - LIFE - BY CLAU­DIA LAUER

Just days af­ter be­com­ing the world’s old­est doc­u­mented per­son, 116- year- old Gertrude Weaver died Mon­day in Arkansas.

Weaver be­came the old­est per­son in the world af­ter the death of a 117-year-old Ja­panese woman last week, ac­cord­ing to records kept by the Los An­ge­les-based Geron­tol­ogy Re­search Group. Weaver was born in 1898.

The Wil­liams Fu­neral Home con­firmed Weaver died just af­ter 10 a.m. Mon­day at the Sil­ver Oaks Health and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter in Cam­den, about 160 kilo­me­ters south­west of Lit­tle Rock.

Cam­den Mayor Marie Trisollini chat­ted with Weaver last week when the su­per­cente­nar­ian’s room­mate cel­e­brated her 100th birth­day.

“She was a re­ally sweet lady. She was rel­a­tively perky and co­her­ent when I talked with her be­fore the party,” Trisollini said. “When you asked for ad­vice on how to live a long life she would say, ‘Use a lot of skin mois­tur­izer, treat ev­ery­one nice, love your neigh­bor and eat your own cooking. Don’t eat at fast food places.’”

The Re­search Group was able to ver­ify Weaver’s age us­ing cen- sus records and a mar­riage cer­tifi­cate from 1915 that listed her age as 17. Other records pointed to a pos­si­ble April birth­day, but since those could not be con­firmed, the group used the day Weaver had al­ways cel­e­brated her birth­day — July 4.

Trisollini said the nurs­ing home and sev­eral mem­bers of the com­mu­nity had been mak­ing plans for Weaver’s 117th birth­day party.

Weaver, who was born in south­west Arkansas to share­crop­per par­ents, told nurs­ing home staff last week that she wanted to in­vite Pres­i­dent Barack Obama be­cause she had voted for him twice.

AP

In this July 3, 2014, file photo, Gertrude Weaver poses at Sil­ver Oaks Health and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter in Cam­den, Arkansas, a day be­fore her 116th birth­day.

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