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World’s oldest person dies at 115
Indiana, Nov 28 (Agencies):
Published on 29 Nov. 2008 12:26 AM IST
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Edna Parker, who became the world’s oldest person more than a year ago, has died at age 115. Mrs Parker died on Wednesday at a nursing home in the US state of Indiana. She was 115 years, 220 days old, according to Robert Young, a senior consultant for gerontology for Guinness World Records. Mrs Parker was born April 20, 1893 and had been recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest person since the 2007 death in Japan of Yone Minagawa, who was four months her senior. Maria de Jesus of Portugal, who was born Sept. 10, 1893, is now the world’s oldest living person, according to the Gerontology Research Group. Mrs Parker had been a widow since her husband, Earl Parker, died in 1939 of a heart attack. She lived alone in their farmhouse until age 100, when she moved in with her son and later to the Shelbyville nursing home. Although she never drank alcohol or smoked and led an active life, Mrs Parker didn’t offer tips for living a long life. Her only advice to those who gathered to celebrate when she became the oldest person was “more education.” Mrs Parker outlived her two sons, Clifford and Earl Jr. She has five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren. “We don’t know why she’s lived so long,” Don Parker said before his grandmother’s 115th birthday. “But she’s never been a worrier and she’s always been a thin person, so maybe that has something to do with it.”

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