Article courtesy of KCCI, Iowa
Twenty-one presidents. Two world wars. A depression. The sinking of the Titanic. And even two Chicago Cubs World Series championships (1908 and 2016).
According to the Gerontology Research Group, she is the oldest person living in the United States and the fourth oldest person in the world.
“I don’t know how you put it into words,” said her daughter, Joan Schaffer, who turned 90 a day earlier. “It’s marvelous that we still have her.”
All three of Hendricks’ surviving children joined her for a birthday party at Shady Oaks Care Center in Lake City.
They all highlighted what a hard worker she was.
“Her mother died when she was about 13,” Schaffer said. “I think mom was about 13 years old. And she raised her siblings after that.”
And here is some good news: of the 50 oldest human beings on the planet today, 11 reside in the Unites States of America, surpassed only by Japan with 14 residents! Wikipedia shares a list of the oldest people who have been verified to be alive as of the dates of the cited supporting sources. It was estimated in 2015 that between 150 and 600 living people had reached the age of 110 at that time. The true number is uncertain, as not all supercentenarians are known to researchers at a given time, and some claims cannot be validated or are fraudulent.