World's oldest person dies at 115

Gertrude Baines was born on April 6, 1894 in Shellman, Georgia and gained a measure of fame when she voted for Barack Obama for U.S. president, died on Friday at the age of 115. She died peacefully in her sleep sometime between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. local time (1300 and 1400 GMT) at the Western Convalescent Hospital in Los Angeles, where she had spent the past decade of her life.

"She's a very dignified lady," Emma Camanag, the hospital's administrator, told Reuters. "It has truly been a blessing and an honor for us to take care of her over the last 10 years and we will greatly miss her. It's just like we lost a relative."

Baines had no living relatives, Camanag said, but was popular at the home and at her church, where she attended services every Sunday until she became too ill to leave her room.

Camanag said parishioners at the church often visited Baines, and became the world's oldest person when 115-year-old Maria de Jesus of Portugal died in January.

The new world's oldest person now is Japan's Kama Chien, 114.

Via - Reuters , 11 Sept 2009



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