World's Oldest Woman Dies at 116 in North Georgia

Besse Cooper, age 116, died Tuesday in Monroe, according to her family.

The world's oldest woman, Besse Cooper of Monroe, died Tuesday, according to her family.

A bridge on New Hope Church Road in the community of Between, Ga., was dedicated to her in the summer.

Cooper moved to the community in 1917 at the end of World War I. She taught at a little two-room school just up the road from the bridge that now bears her name.

Cooper reportedly attributed her longevity to “minding her own business and not eating junk food.” She also reportedly quipped to her grandson that she thought she should be given a box of chocolates when she first learned she had become the world’s oldest living person.

According to Wikipedia, Dina Manfredini, born April 4, 1897, in Italy and now a resident of Iowa, is now the oldest living person at 115 years, 244 days. Jiroemon Kimura, born April 19, 1897, is the world's oldest living man at 115 years and 229 days.

This article originally appeared in Monroe (Ga.) Patch.


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