Por Kanishka Singh
Jan 5 (Reuters) – An Iowa woman considered the oldest person in the United States, having lived through historic events ranging from the two world wars and the Great Depression to the Spanish flu and the COVID-19 pandemic, has died at 115 years.
Bessie Hendricks died Tuesday at a Lake City nursing home, Lampe & Powers Funeral Home said.
Hendricks was born on November 7, 1907, and was considered the oldest living person in the United States by the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group.
She taught in a one-room school in her home county of Calhoun, Iowa, and had five children, two of whom survive her, according to USA Today.
On his 112th birthday, Hendricks told local media that the secret to his long life was “hard work.” His daughter said then that Hendricks hardly took medication and enjoyed sweets.
On the occasion of her 115th birthday, the Shady Oaks Care Center, where Hendricks lived, wrote: “We all wish Bessie H. a very happy 115th birthday! She had a wonderful day celebrating with her family and friends. The cake , flowers, gifts and cards made the day very special.” Hendricks’ death has left California’s Edie Ceccarelli as the oldest living American, according to data from the Gerontology Research Group. Ceccarelli will turn 115 on February 5.
Hendricks’ funeral will be held Saturday at Lampe & Powers Funeral Home. It will include a tribute to his life and a reading of memoirs written by his family, funeral director Dana Morris said. (Report by Kanishka Singh in Washington Edited in Spanish by Juana Casas)