An Arkansas woman who has just become the world’s oldest living person has invited President Barack Obama to attend her 117th birthday party on July 4.
On the death of 117-year-old Misao Okawa in Japan on Wednesday, 116-year-old Gertrude Weaver, already the oldest person in America, became the world’s oldest living person, according to the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group.
Staff at the Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center in Camden, AR, where Weaver has been living since 2009, said she is in good health, adding that she attributes her longevity to treating others well. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Weaver, 116, of Camden, Arkansas, attributes her longevity to treating others well and exercising three times a week in her wheelchair.
Having become the world’s oldest person, Weaver would now like to meet President Obama at her birthday party, because she has voted for him twice.
On her 116th birthday, when she received a letter from the President, Weaver told reporters:
I treat everyone the way I want to be treated.
Born on July 4, 1898, Weaver exercises three times a week in her wheelchair and eats three times a day at Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation’s dining room.
A daughter of sharecroppers, Weaver was born in Arkansas near the Texas border and worked as a domestic helper.
After her retirement, Weaver lived with her granddaughter and only moved to Silver Oaks Health & Rehabilitation Center in 2009, when her granddaughter started having health problems, according to the facility’s administrator Kathy Langley.
She’s an absolutely amazing lady.
2. Gertrude Weaver, right, of Camden, Arkansas, became the world’s oldest person on Wednesday after the death of Japanese woman Misao Okawa, who died at the age of 117 on Wednesday.
Weaver’s 93-year-old son visits her regularly. Langley added:
She said she has been blessed with a long and healthy life because of the way she has treated others.
Misao Okawa, the Japanese woman who was officially the world’s oldest person, died at the age of 117 on Wednesday. She credited her longevity to “eating delicious things” and getting plenty of rest, Japanese media reported.
For her part, Okawa entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest person in June 2013, after Jiroemon Kimura, also from Japan, died at the age of 116 years and 54 days.
3. Gertrude Weaver: “The key to longevity is kindness.”
Earlier this week, an 101-year-old Arizona woman died just after becoming an internet celebrity, after she appeared in a picture tenderly cradling her newborn great-granddaughter.
Rosa Camfield, who was born in June of 1913, died on Monday. Since her picture was posted on the popular Facebook page Life of Dad, it has received millions of likes and comments from all over the world.
Sarah Hamm, Camfield’s granddaughter, told ABC News on Tuesday:
Grandma was always happy, I mean, she was smart as a whip, even at 101. She was funny and had lots of stories.
Hamm initially posted the now-famous picture a week before her grandmother’s death, after taking her baby girl, then 2-week-old Kaylee, to meet Camfield. Hamm said:
It was actually the day she was being released in the hospital, so we were hoping that Grandma would get to meet her.
4. Rosa Camfield died on Monday. The 101-year-old Arizona woman had recently become an internet celebrity after appearing in a photo tenderly cradling her newborn great-granddaughter.
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