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World’s oldest person dies at age 116

December 12, 2006

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— Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bolden, recognized as the world's oldest person, died Monday in a Memphis nursing home, the home's administrator said. She was 116.

Bolden was born Aug. 15, 1890, according to the Gerontology Research Group, a Los Angeles organization that tracks the ages of the world's oldest people.

Guinness World Records recognized Bolden as the oldest person in the world in August after the death of Maria Esther de Capovilla of Ecuador, who also was 116.

Bolden died at the Mid-South Health and Rehabilitation Center, a nursing home where she had been living for several years, said the center's administrator, Charlotte Pierce. Bolden suffered a stroke in 2004, and her family said she spoke little after that and slept much of the time.

Family members said this year that Bolden had 40 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren, 150 great-great-grandchildren, 220 great-great-great grandchildren and 75 great-great-great-great grandchildren.

Comments

sublime 8 years, 5 months ago

Wow ,can you imagine living that long?

Linda Endicott 8 years, 5 months ago

I'll bet all those grandchildren got confusing at times. Wow!

Janet Lowther 8 years, 5 months ago

Talk about compressed generations: Five in only 116 years.

One of my Great-great-great-great-grandfathers was in the War of 1812 and his dad was in the Revolution. . . and I'm only 51.

Of course, 116 years is about half the life of the Republic to date.

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