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How the World’s Oldest Person Spent Her Last Day

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How the World’s Oldest Person Spent Her Last Day

From silent films to Blu-Ray players, Kitty Hawk to the Mars Rover missions, two World Wars and the literal invention of sliced bread—Besse Cooper was alive for them all.

Cooper, declared the world’s oldest living person by Guinness World Records in January 2011, died yesterday at the age of 116 in a Georgia nursing home, the Associated Press (AP) reports.

On the day of her passing, Cooper got her hair done and was getting a jump start on the holiday season by watching a Christmas movie.

She began to have difficulty breathing and was put on oxygen in her room, where she later died, according to her son, Sidney Cooper. He told the AP that his mother’s passing was peaceful, and that she, “looked ready to go.”

Iowan, Dina Manfredini, inherits Cooper’s crown of world’s oldest living person. She is currently 115.

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12:09PM PST on Dec 23, 2012

I have a good start since I'm a woman. :p

11:39AM PST on Dec 21, 2012

May she rest in peace.

2:46AM PST on Dec 14, 2012

God bless her heart!

11:57AM PST on Dec 13, 2012

What a sweetie.

1:56AM PST on Dec 13, 2012

Sounds to me like if you live the kind of life you love, you will alwayshave beautiful scenery, pleasan things to do, day schedules you can become happy with, just leaving all sorts of room to let the beautiy of life decorate your day. :Like the 115-yr-old lady, she had her hair fixed that day and was waching a moviewhenshe passed, and I'm now siting here thininking I need to have soeone do my hair giv me a massage. I'm sick ight now, tho, butI'lllook forwardtoit soon.

12:33AM PST on Dec 11, 2012

I dont wanna live that long. I dont know what to do. I dont think I can continue running around puppies after im 70.

9:43PM PST on Dec 9, 2012

It doesn't pay to become the oldest person in the world. You can see where it gets you...

12:34PM PST on Dec 9, 2012

thank you

11:04AM PST on Dec 9, 2012

RIP - thank you !

6:48AM PST on Dec 9, 2012


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