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World’s Oldest Living Human, Besse Cooper, Turns 116 Years Old

| by Michael Allen

The world’s oldest living human, Besse Cooper, turned 116 years old on Sunday, reports the NY Daily News.

Cooper, who lives in Monroe, Georgia, was born on Aug. 26, 1896, in Tennessee.

In 1917, she moved to Georgia, worked as a teacher and married Luther Cooper. The couple raised four kids. Today, Cooper is a grandmother of 12, great-grandmother of 15 and great-great-grandmother of one. Even though she has a large family, Cooper lives in a rest home.

Her husband died in 1963 at age 68, reports The Walton Tribune.

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Walton County officials recently held a ceremony to name a bridge in honor of Cooper, who was unable to attend the ceremony.

Cooper’s third child, Sidney, told The Walton Tribune: “The older she has gotten the more wittier she has gotten. She says 'I’m glad I gave them a reason to name [the bridge].'”

According to the Guinness World Records, the oldest living human, ever, was Jeanne Calment who was born in 1875 and died in 1997 at the age of 122 in France.

Cooper told the The Walton Tribune that she has lived a long time because “I mind my own business and I don’t eat junk food.”