In this photo taken Aug. 26, 2010, wearing a tiara, Besse Cooper turns 114 years old in the Walton Regional Medical Center’s skilled nursing facility in Monroe, Ga. Cooper was born Aug. 26, 1896, and the Gerontology Research Group, which certifies supercentenarians, lists her as the third oldest person in the world. A senior consultant for Guinness World Records was on hand for the event. (AP Photo/Athens Banner-Herald, David Tulis)
Monroe, GA (AP) - A Guinness World Records representative traveled to a Monroe nursing home to present 114-year-old Besse Cooper her official certificate for being the world's oldest living person.
Surrounded by family members, Cooper accepted a plaque during a
small ceremony at the nursing home Thursday morning.
Her son, 75-year-old Sid Cooper, was among a small group of relatives who were with Cooper at the quiet ceremony. Cooper said previously that relatives never imagined she would live to be the world's oldest person.
Earlier this year, Cooper became the oldest living person after the death of Eunice G. Sanborn of Texas, according to the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group. The group certifies
supercentenarians -- people who are 110 or older.
She was born in Tennessee on Aug. 26, 1896, during the second
term of President Grover Cleveland.
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