World’s Oldest Known Person Dies at Age 116
Jeralean Talley, the world’s oldest-known person, has died in Michigan 26 days after her 116th birthday, a family spokeswoman said on Thursday. Born on May 23, 1899, Talley climbed to the top of a list kept by the Gerontology Research Group, which validates the ages of the world’s longest-living people, after Gertrude Weaver died at 116 in Arkansas in April. Talley died on Wednesday night in her home in Inkster, a Detroit suburb, which she shared with her daughter, Thelma Holloway, 77, said Christonna Campbell, a family spokeswoman. “She was just a beautiful woman,” Campbell said. “We enjoyed her words of wisdom.” Talley was born in Georgia and moved to Michigan in 1935 with her husband, Alfred Talley, for his job at a Ford plant. He died in 1988. Robert Young, director of the Gerontology Research Group’s Supercentenarian Research and Database Division, said Talley’s death came as a surprise as she lived an active lifestyle.
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