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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Image credit to: Jessica McGowan/Guinness World Records