World’s oldest person Gertrude Baines dies aged 115

September 12, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The world’s oldest known person Gertrude Baines, has died in a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 115. Baines was born in 1894 in Shellman, Georgia when the U.S. flag had 44 stars and Grover Cleveland was president. She married at a young age and later divorced. Baines outlived her entire family, including her only daughter, who died of typhoid as a teenager. Baines, whose grandparents were slaves, worked as a maid in Ohio State University dormitories until her retirement, and lived at the Los Angeles convalescent home for more than 10 years.

She took the crown as the world’s oldest living person when a 115-year-old woman, Maria de Jesus, died in Portugal in January. Baines received a letter from the president when she celebrated her 115th birthday April 6. The oldest person in the world is now 114-year-old Kama Chinen, who lives in Japan, according to the Gerontology Research Group at the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center. The group tracks claims of extreme old age.


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