This 115yr Old Grandma Just Set A Record That Nobody Ever Saw Coming…

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An inspiring Iowa grandmother has become the oldest living person in the United States, celebrating her 115th birthday surrounded by family and reflecting on a lifetime that has spanned some of the most significant events in American history.

Bessie Hendricks celebrated her 115th birthday in November 2022, making her the oldest living person in the United States. Her incredible journey spans a period of immense change, including the Great Depression, two World Wars, and two global pandemics – the Spanish flu and COVID-19.

Throughout her life, Bessie has borne witness to the election of twenty-one American presidents, each breaking barriers in their own way – from the first Catholic president to the first African American and reality TV star to hold office. She’s also seen pivotal moments in history, such as the sinking of the Titanic.

As she marked her milestone birthday, Bessie was surrounded by her loving family. Her eldest daughter, Joan Schaffer, who turned ninety just a day before Bessie’s celebration, joined her younger siblings, Shirley, Glenda, and Leon. Although a fifth sibling had passed away some years prior, the family felt blessed to be together, honoring Bessie’s remarkable longevity.

Bessie’s incredible age places her as the tenth oldest person in the world, a testament to her resilience and strength. Previously, Thelma Sutcliffe and Mila Mangold held the title of the oldest living American until their passing in January and July 2022, respectively.

So, what is the secret to Bessie’s long life? According to her family, it is her unwavering strength. Joan, Bessie’s eldest daughter, recounted the hardships her mother faced at a young age. After losing her own mother at just 13, Bessie stepped up to raise her siblings. As a schoolteacher, she lived across the road from her workplace, ensuring she never missed a day of work.

Leon, Bessie’s son, praised his mother’s dedication to her family, saying she always put them first. The entire family rejoiced as they gathered at the Shady Oaks Care Center to celebrate Bessie’s extraordinary birthday, her life serving as a testament to the power of love, determination, and resilience.

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Source: AWM