With the death of 117-year-old Misao Okawa of Osaka, Japan. Gertrude Weaver of Camden, born July 4, 1898, has been officially recognized as the world’s oldest living person, at 116 years, 8 months and 28 days old as of today. The Magnolia Reporter has more.
Weaver, who was born to a sharecropping family in southwest Arkansas near the Texas border. currently lives at the Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center in Camden. The Gerontology Research Group of Los Angeles verified Weaver’s age through census data and old records, including her marriage certificate from 1915. She reportedly still has a living son, Joe, who was 93 years old as of her 116th birthday.
Weaver told Time magazine in 2014 that the secret of a long life is: “Kindness. Treat people right and be nice to other people the way you want them to be nice to you… The Lord blessed me, I think, because I’m good to my family and good to my children and grandchildren. And I feed them.