America’s Oldest Person Dies at Age 115

America's Oldest Person Dies at Age 115

( – Most people dream of living a long and healthy life. A woman in Iowa met that goal — and then some.

Bessie Laurena Hendricks was born on November 7, 1907, in Carroll County, Iowa. She lived through two pandemics 100 years apart, the sinking of the Titanic, and both World Wars. Hendricks dealt with prohibition, both Pearl Harbor and the September 11th terrorist attacks. She saw women gain the right to vote, and then African-Americans win the right also.

Throughout Hendricks’ lifetime, she saw the first female ascend to the Supreme Court. She watched America elect the first black president and the first female vice president. In fact, 20 US presidents served in the White House while she grew up, got married, served as a teacher, had five children and lived to become the oldest person in America.

On January 3, 2023, Hendricks’ fascinating life came to an end at the ripe age of 115 years old. At the end of her days, she lived in a senior living facility that she reportedly enjoyed, where she often had visitors.

Hendricks’ death came almost a year after she became the oldest validated person alive in America.

Before her death, Hendricks officially became both a centenarian and a supercentenarian. The former is someone who lives past 100 years old, and the latter is a person who survives beyond 110 years old. According to USA Today, she said she believed working hard, staying away from physicians, and enjoying desserts were the reasons she’d lived such a long life. Her doctor has referred to her as a “miracle lady” because of her longevity and lack of any serious illnesses.

Hendricks leaves behind three children, nine grandchildren, 28 great-grandkids, 42 great-great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-great-grandchildren.

Edie Ceccarelli has now become the oldest living person in America. She will turn 115 years old on February 5.

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