World’s oldest person dies at 116

By | December 14, 2006

Is there really a limit to human lifespan, or is that a myth?

World’s 2An American woman officially recognised as the world’s oldest person has died at the age of 116. Elizabeth “Lizzy” Bolden died at a nursing home in Memphis, Tennessee. Born in 1890, she married at 19 and was widowed in the 1950s. She suffered a stroke in 2004 and spoke little after that.

Mrs Bolden had two surviving daughters, and her extended family includes 220 great-great-great grandchildren and 75 great-great-great-great grandchildren.

“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 her grandson, James Bolden. – washpost

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