Iowa woman believed to be America’s oldest person dies at 115


LAKE CITY, Iowa – An Iowa woman believed to be the oldest living person in the US has died at the age of 115.

Bessie Laurena Hendricks, of Lake City, died Tuesday at Shady Oaks Care Center, according to Lampe & Powers Funeral Home in Lake City. Hendricks celebrated her 115th birthday at her home on Nov. 7, and last year she was listed by the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group as the nation’s oldest living person until her death.

Born in 1907 in Calhoun County, west-central Iowa, Hendricks was alive to witness the news of the sinking of the Titanic, World Wars I and II, the Great Depression, and the Spanish flu and Covid-19 pandemics. She was a teacher at a one-room school there and a mother of five children, according to the Registration in Des Moines. He is survived by three of his children.

A funeral for Hendricks will be held Saturday at Lampe & Powers Funeral Home.

The Gerontology Research Group reports that Hendrick’s death leaves 114-year-old Edie Ceccarelli of California as the oldest living person in the country.

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