America’s oldest person dies at 115

Bessie Hendrix of Lake City, Iowa was born in 1907 and celebrated her 115th birthday in November.

Lake City, Iowa — Considered the oldest person in the United States, Bessie Hendrix has died at the age of 115.

According to an obituary, Hendrix passed away on January 3 at the nursing home where she lived in Lake City, Iowa.

She was the oldest person living in the United States before her death, according to the Los Angeles Gerontology Research Group, which keeps records of super-centenarians, or people who lived to be 110 years old or older. (The date of Hendrix’s death is erroneously listed as January 3, 2022.)

The Shady Oaks Care Center, where Hendrix lived, shared photos of Bessie on Facebook in November on the occasion of her 115th birthday.

We all congratulate Bessie H. on her 115th birthday! She had a great day with her family and…

Published by Shady Oaks Care Center on Monday, November 7, 2022

She was born on November 7, 1907, taught at a one-room school in her small Iowa county, and raised five children, according to the Des Moines registry. Lake City is about 100 miles northwest of the capital city of Iowa.

In an interview with Fort Dodge Messenger on her 112th birthday, Hendrix and her family said her secrets to a long life include working hard, refusing doctors and never giving up a piece of the pie.

Something might be wrong in Iowa: Dina Manfredini, who held the title of world’s oldest person for two weeks in 2012 and died at the age of 115, was also from Iowa.

Hendrix’s status as the oldest person in the United States now belongs to Edie Ceccarelli, who is only a month away from her 115th birthday. An American-born woman living in Spain, Maria Branas Morera, is said to be the oldest living American woman, turning 116 in March.

The oldest person in the world, Lucile Randon of France, will turn 119 in February.

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