Jeralean Talley, United States
Jeralean Talley was born on 23rd May 1899 in Georgia was an American super centenarian who was, at the age of 116 years, 25 days, the world’s verified oldest living person. She was previously thought to be the oldest living American from the death of Elsie Thompson on 21st March 2013 until Gertrude Weaver was verified to be older in July 2014. In 1936, she married Alfred Talley 30th January 1893. They had one child, a daughter, Thelma Holloway, born in 1937. Jeralean and Alfred were married for 52 years before he died in October 1988 at the age of 95. Talley had three grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 4 great great-grandchildren. On 17th June 2015, Talley died at home after a week of hospitalization. She had prayed not to suffer before death and reportedly died peacefully. Regarding her great age she had been quoted as saying (There’s nothing I can do about it). Upon the Weaver’s death on 6th April 2015, Talley was recognized as the oldest living person in the world. Talley received letters from US President Barak Obama on her 114th and 116th birthdays acknowledging her status.