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« on: November 28, 2008, 10:41:29 am »

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27944486/

World's oldest person dies at 115
Edna Parker didn't drink or smoke; outlived her husband by nearly 70 years
The Associated Press
updated 4:40 p.m. ET, Thurs., Nov. 27, 2008

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. - Edna Parker, who became the world's oldest person more than a year ago, has died at age 115.

UCLA gerontologist Dr. Stephen Coles said Parker's great-nephew notified him that Parker died Wednesday at a nursing home in Shelbyville. She was 115 years, 220 days old, said Robert Young, a senior consultant for gerontology for Guinness World Records.

Parker was born April 20, 1893, in central Indiana's Morgan County and had been recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest person since the 2007 death in Japan of Yone Minagawa, who was four months her senior.

Coles maintains a list of the world's oldest people and said Parker was the 14th-oldest validated supercentenarian in history. Maria de Jesus of Portugal, who was born Sept. 10, 1893, is now the world's oldest living person, according to the Gerontology Research Group.

Parker had been a widow since her husband, Earl Parker, died in 1939 of a heart attack. She lived alone in their farmhouse until age 100, when she moved into a son's home and later to the Shelbyville nursing home.

Although she never drank alcohol or tried tobacco and led an active life, Parker didn't offer tips for living a long life. Her only advice to those who gathered to celebrate when she became the oldest person was "more education."

'She's never been a worrier'
Parker outlived her two sons, Clifford and Earl Jr. She also had five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

"We don't know why she's lived so long," Don Parker said before his grandmother's 115th birthday. "But she's never been a worrier and she's always been a thin person, so maybe that has something to do with it."

Parker taught in a two-room school in Shelby County for several years after graduating from Franklin College in 1911. She wed her childhood sweetheart and neighbor in 1913.

But as was the tradition of that era, her teaching career ended with her marriage. Parker traded the schoolhouse for life as a farmer's wife, preparing meals for as many as a dozen men who worked on her husband's farm.

Parker noted with pride last year that she and her husband were one of the first owners of an automobile in their rural area.

Coincidentally, Parker lived in the same nursing home as 7-foot-7 Sandy Allen, whom Guinness recognized as the world's tallest woman until her death in August.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2008, 02:32:07 am »

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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2008, 04:51:11 pm »

RIP.

Indeed. It's awe-inspiring that she managed to live perfectly fine on her own until 100 and seemed pretty coherent all her years. She must have lived an amazing life with plenty of stories to tell.
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« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2008, 04:53:55 pm »

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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2008, 12:18:54 am »

RIP.

I wonder how many more people are left from the 19th century.  Come to think of it, does anyone know if there are any American WWI vets still alive?  I think the UK has 3. 
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2008, 04:17:10 pm »

RIP.

I wonder how many more people are left from the 19th century.  Come to think of it, does anyone know if there are any American WWI vets still alive?  I think the UK has 3. 

One US WW1 vet from what I understand. Plus their are about 4 confederate widows still alive who refuse to be identified.
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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2008, 07:27:24 pm »

RIP.

I wonder how many more people are left from the 19th century.  Come to think of it, does anyone know if there are any American WWI vets still alive?  I think the UK has 3. 

One US WW1 vet from what I understand. Plus their are about 4 confederate widows still alive who refuse to be identified.

I don't think it counts unless they were married to the soldier while he was fighting.
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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2008, 07:30:46 pm »

RIP.

I wonder how many more people are left from the 19th century.  Come to think of it, does anyone know if there are any American WWI vets still alive?  I think the UK has 3. 

One US WW1 vet from what I understand. Plus their are about 4 confederate widows still alive who refuse to be identified.

I don't think it counts unless they were married to the soldier while he was fighting.

They get money from the govt.
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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2008, 07:38:42 pm »

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_surviving_veterans_of_World_War_I
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« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2008, 07:44:19 pm »

RIP.

I wonder how many more people are left from the 19th century.  Come to think of it, does anyone know if there are any American WWI vets still alive?  I think the UK has 3. 

One US WW1 vet from what I understand. Plus their are about 4 confederate widows still alive who refuse to be identified.

I don't think it counts unless they were married to the soldier while he was fighting.

They get money from the govt.

Well, it shouldn't count.
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« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2008, 12:48:28 am »

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_surviving_veterans_of_World_War_I

Only one man left who fought in the trenches.  What I would give to have a conversation with him. 
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« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2008, 01:03:13 am »

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_surviving_veterans_of_World_War_I

Only one man left who fought in the trenches.  What I would give to have a conversation with him. 

WWI is fast disappearing from living memory. The poilu is already extinct.
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« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2008, 01:18:04 am »

Also worth noting that 15 WWI veterans have died in 2008, including the last from each of the Central Powers.
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« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2008, 01:59:31 am »

That's too bad. I've heard about this woman. Very interesting life. Isn't it true that the last doughboy lives in West Virginia?

Gee, I wonder how long it will be until the last WWII vet dies or when the last Vietnam vet dies. Perhaps by then, there will be many becoming centurarians, instead of 1 in 100 or 1 in 1000.
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