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World's Oldest Person Dies

Thursday, December 6, 2012 • by Sarah Whitman-Salkin

Besse Cooper, the world's oldest living person, died this week at the age of 116. Cooper lived in three centuries; she was 18 years old at the start of WWI, 43 years old at the start of WWII, 73 years old when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, 93 years old when the Berlin Wall came down, and 112 years old when Barack Obama became President.

Cooper married once, had 4 children, 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. After she was widowed in 1963, she lived alone on her farm in Georgia for 38 years, until she moved in a nursing home at age 105.

In an interview with Georgia newspaper the Walton Tribune, Cooper credited her longevity to "'minding her own business' and avoiding junk food."

via Obit of the Day