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Bessie Hendricks, America's oldest person, died at 115

12:24, Friday, 06 January, 2023
Bessie Hendricks, America's oldest person, died at 115

Bessie Hendricks, the oldest person in the US, died on Tuesday in a nursing home in Iowa.
     At 115 years old, she held the rare status of supercentenarian (110-years-plus), or, to some, great-great-great grandmother.
     Per the 2010 census, there were only 300 supercentenarians across the US.
     Ms Hendricks' secret to success: Avoiding stress - and doctors - but not skipping sweets, her relatives once told local media.

Born 7 November 1907, Ms Hendricks grew up on the farmlands of rural Iowa.

Before World War II, in 1930, she married Paul Hendricks.

Before the end of a 13-year ban on alcohol sales in the US - known as the prohibition - by 1933, she had five children, two of which she outlived.

Before Princess Diana married Prince Charles, in 1979, Ms Hendricks and her husband sold their family farm, where she grew a vegetable garden and he raised cattle.

One month before Ms Hendricks 65th wedding anniversary, in 1995, her husband died.

Bessie Hendricks, America's oldest person, died at 115
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