Gertrude Weaver passed away on Monday in Arkansas at the age of 116, just six days after she became the world’s oldest living person.
A week ago, Weaver, who was already the oldest person in America, invited President Barack Obama to attend her birthday party on the Fourth of July.
The Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center in Camden, where Weaver had been living since 2009, confirmed her death, adding that they were “devastated by her loss”. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Gertrude Weaver, the world’s oldest person, died at 116 on Monday in Camden, Arkansas.
Weaver passed away from complications after developing pneumonia, KATV reports.
Kathy Langley, the center’s administrator, told Reuters that Weaver was enjoying the spotlight she’d been under over the final week of her life.
Staff read Weaver the many news stories written about her, after she became the world’s oldest person.
Weaver gained the title last Wednesday, after the death of 117-year-old Misao Okawa in Japan, the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group said.
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 attributed her long life to treating others well and eating her own cooking. She told reporters:
I treat everyone the way I want to be treated.
Weaver received a letter from President Obama on her 116th birthday and said that she wanted to meet the president at her birthday party, because she voted for him twice.
Born on July 4, 1898, Weaver exercised three times a week in her wheelchair and ate 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 Langley.
Langley said last week:
She’s an absolutely amazing lady.
3. Gertrude Weaver: “The key to longevity is kindness.”
Weaver’s 93-year-old son visited 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.
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