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The World’s Oldest Woman

I came across an article about a woman named Besse Berry Cooper (I adore her middle name). She is 114 years old and is now the oldest living person in the world. Cooper was born on August 26, 1896 and is currently living Georgia, U.S. She has seen 21 different Presidents in her lifetime, as well as two world wars and the great depression. She was recently recognized officially by Guinness World Records as the oldest person on Earth. She received this title after the death of Eunice G. Sanborn from Jacksonville, Texas a few months ago. Interestingly enough, Cooper has a facebook page. A man named Walter Breuning from Montana, is now the world’s second-oldest person. He was also born in 1896.

Grover Cleveland

 

She grew up in Tennessee as one of eight siblings. She moved to Georgia during the First World War to be a school teacher and there met her future husband. They were married for 40 years; however he died almost half a century ago. Together they had four children, a dozen grandchildren, a number of great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She lived alone until she was 105 and now lives in a nursing home. When she was 113, she said “I mind my business and I don’t eat junk food.”

Ms. Cooper has lived a very long life and has seen many things and events unfold. However, I don’t know if I would want to live as long as she has. I think it would be sad to outlive your spouse for so long.

Ms. Cooper being kissed by her grandson, Paul

 

Eunice G. Sanborn was actually married and widowed three times and outlived her only child. It would be difficult to outlive most of your friends and many of your family members. It must be strange to be 114 and be able to look back on more than 100 years. I wonder what she wishes she had done differently or what she would have kept the same.

Ms. Cooper at her 113th birthday party

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