Published On: Sun, May 24th, 2015

World’s Oldest Person turns 116

Washington: Jeralean Talley, the world’s oldest living person, celebrated her 116th birthday on Saturday in Inkster, Michigan, revealing that she has no such secret behind this miracle.

The world's oldest living person, Jeralean Talley celebrated her 116th birthday on Saturday in Inkster, Michigan.

The world’s oldest living person, Jeralean Talley celebrated her 116th birthday on Saturday in Inkster, Michigan.

Talley has lived through the turn of two centuries and 20 different presidents. The most recent of those presidents sent Talley a special birthday greeting, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Talley was born in Georgia on May 23, 1899, one of 12 children. She moved to Michigan in 1935 with her husband, Alfred Talley, who died in 1988 at the age of 95.

The great-great grandmother inherited the title of world’s oldest-known living person in April after the previous record-holder, Gertrude Weaver, died at the age of 116 in Arkansas.

Daughter Thelma Holloway, who explained that her mother still has a sharp mind, received 116 dollars, i.e. a dollar for every year, at an event before her birthday at a local office of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The World’s oldest also got a letter from President Barack Obama sending his ‘warmest wishes’.

President Obama wrote: ‘The breadth of your experiences and depth of your wisdom reflect the long path our Nation has traveled since 1899.

‘During this time, there have been setbacks and breakthroughs, false starts and improbable victories, and through it all our country’s spirit has endured – strengthened and enriched by each generation.’

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