Thursday, December 06, 2012

Oldest Woman in the World dies at 116!

Besse Cooper longevity secret -  "minding her own business" and avoiding junk food.

According to Besse Copper's son, Sidney Cooper, her mother died peacefully Tuesday afternoon in Monroe. He said his mother had been ill recently with a stomach virus, then felt better on Monday. On Tuesday he said she had her hair set and watched a Christmas video, but later had trouble breathing. She was put on oxygen in her room and died there about 2 p.m.

Cooper had four children, 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

"With her hair fixed it looked like she was ready to go," Besse son recalled.

The title of world's oldest person now belongs to Dina Manfredini, a 115-year-old , of Johnston, Iowa. The oldest known person of all time and still holding the crown for the world's oldest living person was Jeanne Calment, a French woman who lived to be 122 years old and died in 1997.


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