Oldest living person: America’s oldest person has celebrated an incredible 115 years since birth. Bessie Hendrix was born in 1907, when Theodore Roosevelt was in the White House as President and King Edward VII was on the British throne. Her son Leon said: “She always cares about her family. He always did that.
At 115 years and 108 days old, Shady Oaks Care Center resident Thelma Sutcliffe became the oldest person in the United States earlier this year. The Iowa supercentennial cut a special cake Nov. 7.
Mom died at the age of 13
She grew up in Carroll County near Auburn, was born to Hugh and Matty Sharkey and was joined by her older siblings John, David, Lawrence and Ethel. Bessie also saw her younger sister Anna who was born in 1910, when the family lived near Lake City in Calhoun County. Tragedy struck early in his life when his mother died. At that time, she was only 13 years old.
90 year old girl
Her husband Paul died in 1995, a month before celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. As of 2021, the former teacher would have at least nine grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. His daughter Joan Schaefer, now 90 years old. He said it was “incredible” that he was still with his mother.
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FIRST POST: November 13, 2022, 6:20 p.m. HST