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.