Besse Cooper, World’s Oldest Person, 116

Besse Cooper, the world’s oldest person celebrated her 116th birthday on the 26th August 2012. She was born in Tennessee., in 1896 and is one of eight people (and four Americans) who have been confirmed to be at least 116. Cooper was first known for bring the world’s oldest person by the Guiness World Records in January 2011 but then found Brazilian-born Maria Gomes Valentim was 48 days older. When Valentim died on June 21, 2011, Cooper was then reinstated. In honour of Cooper’s achievement, a bridge has been named after her in Monroe.

Today, Cooper has 12 grand children and more than a dozen great grand children and great great grand children.

What is her secret to longevity? She says “I mind my own business,” “And I don’t eat junk food.”

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