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Bessie Hendricks, the oldest American, dies at the age of 115

LAKE CITY, IOWA (WHO) – Bessie Hendricks, the Iowa woman who became the oldest living person in the United States a year ago, has died at the age of 115.

Bessie was born on November 7, 1907. She was a teacher in a one-room school before getting married and raising a family. She raised a family that grew to include five children, nine grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 42 great-great-grandchildren.

With her 110th birthday party in 2017, Bessie told Nexstar’s WHO that the secret to longevity was hard work. She continued to crochet after her 100th birthday. She was also a lifelong Iowa Hawkeye fan and her family says she still followed their teams closely.

At that party, she also wowed friends and family with a verse of her favorite song, “You Are My Sunshine.” A timeless classic, the song was written when she was 32 years old.

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No memorial arrangements have been announced.

Hendricks was declared the oldest person in the US in January 2022. According to multiple online sources, that title now belongs to 114-year-old Edie Ceccarelli of California. She will be 115 on February 5.

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