(FamilyConservationPAC.com) – The majority of individuals desire to live long and healthy lives. In Iowa, Bessie Laurena Hendricks reached that goal, and then some.
Bessie Laurena Hendricks was born in Carroll County, Iowa, on November 7, 1907. She experienced the Titanic disaster, two World Wars, and two pandemics that occurred 100 years apart.
Hendricks discussed the American Civil War, Pearl Harbor, and the terrorist atrocities on September 11, 2001. She witnessed the voting rights of women and, subsequently, African Americans.
Hendricks witnessed the appointment of the first female to the Supreme Court during her lifetime. She witnessed the first black president and female vice president elected in the United States.
She grew up, married, worked as a teacher, had five children, and lived to be the oldest person in America when 20 U.S. presidents were in the White House.
Hendricks passed away on January 3, 2023, at the ripe age of 115, ending a remarkable life. She spent her final years at a senior living community she allegedly loved and frequented.
Lake City, IA Woman Dies At The Age Of 115, Formerly Oldest Living Person In The U.S.
Hendricks passed away over a year after breaking the record for the oldest validly living American.
Hendricks passed the milestones of becoming a supercentenarian and a centenarian just before she passed away. The former refers to a person who lives past the age of 100, while the latter refers to someone who lives past the age of 110.
She told USA Today that she lived so long because she had worked hard, avoided doctors, and indulged in sweets. Because of her longevity and lack of significant ailments, her doctor has called her a “wonder lady.”
Hendricks’ surviving family members are three children, nine grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 42 great-great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Since Hendrick’s death, Edie Ceccarelli is the oldest person still alive in the country. On February 5, she will become 115 years old.
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