12 December 2006

Oldest person (116) dies

The world's oldest living person on record died Monday at the Mid-South Health and Rehabilitation Centre in Memphis, Tennessee.

The world's oldest living person, 116-year-old Elizabeth "Lizzy" Bolden, died Monday at the Mid-South Health and Rehabilitation Centre in Memphis, Tennessee, according to her grandson.

"She was always very family-oriented. She gave good advice and the family listened. She was a hard worker, and a farmer for most of her life," said James Bolden, who came from the Philippines last week to visit his grandmother.

Elizabeth Bolden is survived by two daughters - her two sons passed away, 40 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren, 150 great-great-grandchildren, 220 great-great-great grandchildren and 75 great-great-great-great grandchildren.

Bolden, who married at 19 and whose husband died in the 1950s, was not active at the end of her life and spent much of her time sleeping. – (Sapa-AFP)

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