Arkansas woman Gertrude Weaver – who previously held the title of oldest person in the U.S. – has now became the oldest person in the world following the death of 117-year-old Japanese woman Misao Okawa on Wednesday.
Born on Fourth of July in 1898, the 116-year-old lives at Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center in Camden where she exercises in her wheelchair three times a week and eats three meals a day at the facility's dining room, according to Reuters.
The lively woman has spent her entire life in Arkansas and formerly worked as a domestic worker in private homes. Even though she must have experienced many incredible things during her life, she still has one dream unfulfilled: she wants to meet the U.S. President Barack Obama.
“She really wants to meet the president. She's voted for him twice now and it's just her lifelong dream," said Kathy Langley, Center’s administrator. "We sent him an invitation to come to her birthday party last year, and we will send him another one this year.”
Obama failed to attend Weaver’s 116th birthday party last year but he did send her a letter.
Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group that tracks super-centenarians named her the oldest living person in the world by analyzing the 1900 census and a marriage certificate, both of which indicate that Weaver was born in 1898. However, the Guinness Book of World Records is yet to make the final call.