Oldest person in US and fourth oldest in the world has died aged 115

The oldest person in the United States, and fourth oldest worldwide, has died at the age of 115.

Bessie Laurena Hendricks, of Lake City, Iowa, was at number 51 on the all time oldest person alive list when she passed away on Tuesday (January 3) at the Shady Oaks Care Center, according to Lampe & Powers Funeral Home in Lake City.

She was alive to witness news of the sinking of the Titanic, both World War I and II, and the Great Depression.

READ MORE: Mass shooting sees 10 injured near restaurant where French Montana was filming rap video

The COVID-19 pandemic was nothing new to her either, having survived the much deadlier Spanish flu, which killed an estimated 25-50 million people in 1918.

Born in 1907 in west-central Iowa's Calhoun County, Bessie had celebrated her 115th birthday at the home on Nov 7, and was listed last year by the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group as the country’s oldest living person until her death.

She was a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse there and the mother of five children, according to the Des Moines Register.

Bessie is survived by three of her children.

The Gerontology Research Group reports that Hendrick's death leaves 114-year-old Edie Ceccarelli of California as the country's oldest living person.

In England, Ethel May Caterham, of Ash Vale, Surrey, holds the crown for the oldest known living person in the UK, at the age of 113.

She was born on 21 August 1909 in Shipton Bellinger, Hampshire, England, and would also have witnessed both World Wars up close.

To stay up to date with all the latest news, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here.


  • OnlyFans legend says she's 'sorry not sorry' after accidentally opening porn on plane
  • Gio Reyna's parents tried to blackmail USA boss Gregg Berhalter for 'booting his wife'
  • Homeless woman brags life is 'piece of cake' as drug-ridden streets turn into 'party'
  • Fast and Furious fan wrote off £328k Audi R8 in 90mph crash 12 hours after picking it up
  • Cop whose teacher wife fed students cupcakes laced with his sperm is jailed for 100 years

Source: Read Full Article