The worlds oldest living person celebrates her 116th birthday and is still the reigning champ for being the worlds oldest living person according to the Guinness World Records.
According to CNews, Besse Cooper is the the world’s oldest living person and celebrated her 116th birthday on Sunday. The long living woman celebrated her birthday by having a bridge dedicated in her honor a Guinness official presented her with a plaque for her achievement. Cooper’s son, Sydney, told reporters, “The older she has gotten the more wittier she has gotten.”
As it is a great accomplishment to age to 100-years-old, only eight people, including Cooper, have lived to be 116. Born in 1896 in Tennessee, Cooper moved to Monroe during the First World War to search for work as a school teacher. She then met and married Luther in 1924, where they had four children. She currently has 12 grandchildren and more than a dozen great- and great-great grandchildren. According to Cooper, the secret to living a long and healthy life is eating right and leave the politics to the politicians, “I mind my own business and I don’t eat junk food.”
While Cooper is the oldest living person, she still has six years to go if she wants to tie the age of being the oldest person ever. That title goes to Jeanne Louise Calment, of Arles, France, who lived to be 122-years-old.
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The Worlds Oldest Living Person Celebrates Her 116th Birthday.