Iowa woman considered oldest person in US dies at 115

An Iowa woman, considered the oldest person in the United States, has died aged 115.

Bessie Laurena Hendricks, of Lake City, died Tuesday at Shady Oaks Care Center, according to Lampe & Powers Funeral Home in Lake City. Hendricks celebrated her 115th birthday at home on November 7 and was listed last year by the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group as the oldest person in the country until her death.

Born in 1907 in Calhoun County in west-central Iowa, Hendricks was alive to witness news of the sinking of the Titanic, World Wars I and II, the Great Depression and the flu. Spain and the COVID-19 pandemics. She was a teacher at a one-room school and a mother of five, according to the Des Moines Register. She is survived by three of her children.

A funeral service for Hendricks will be held at Lampe & Powers Funeral Home on Saturday.

The Gerontology Research Group reports that Hendrick’s death leaves Edie Ceccarelli, 114, of California, as the oldest person in the country.


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