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World's Oldest Woman Dies At 116

*You all remember Bessie Cooper, right?*

(CNN) -- Before women gained the right to vote in 1920, Besse Cooper joined the suffrage movement.

Then 24, the Georgia school teacher registered women to vote and spoke to others about the importance of having a voice in politics.

Cooper voted in every election after the 19th Amendment was passed, save for two.

She died Tuesday, at age 116, only one of eight people recognized by the Guinness World Records to have lived that long.

Her son Sidney said his mother had her hair done Tuesday morning by a stylist at the assisted-living center where she had lived for the past 11 years but began to have trouble breathing.

She died later in her room, peacefully, he said.

When asked for her secret to a long life, Cooper told the Guinness website earlier this year: "I mind my own business. And I don't eat junk food."

Sidney Cooper, 77, said his mother was a strong, determined woman who, like the school teacher she was, could be a disciplinarian.

She was fair and honest, he said, but "when she said something needed to be done, you'd better do it."

Besse Cooper was born in Sullivan County, Tennessee, on August 26, 1896. She began to go to school at age 5 -- yes, she walked from a log cabin -- to make sure one of her brothers attended. She grew to love going to class and eventually went to East Tennessee Normal School, (now East Tennessee State University), in Johnson City to study education.

When she graduated, she got a job earning $35 a month. When she heard from a friend she could make more in Georgia, she got a job in Monroe making twice as much.

She married Luther Cooper in 1924, and he died in 1963. She never remarried.

Sidney Cooper said his mother always said her best years were when she was in her 80s.

He will always remember her with her straw hat on, working in the flower garden, scratching weeds away with her hoe.

She always had fresh-cut flowers in her home, and in her later years, her family would bring some to her room.

She also loved to watch the news on television, her son said.

"She was very intelligent," Sidney Cooper said. "She loved to read."

Her eyesight had deteriorated, though, and she no longer read the Bible or any of the great works of fiction.

Aside from a few heart issues, she was in, "amazing", health, her son said, adding that she never complained of pain even in her final days.

Besse Cooper gained the distinction of being oldest living human from Guinness World Records in January 2011.

She briefly moved to second on the list when the record keepers found a woman in Brazil who was 48 days older, but Maria Gomes Valentim died in June 2011, just weeks before her 115th birthday.

The oldest person to have ever lived, according to Guinness World Records, was Jeanne Louise Calment. She died in southern France in 1997 at the age of 122.

As for her voting record, Besse Cooper didn't vote this year. Neither she nor her husband voted in 1948. They thought Thomas Dewey was a shoo-in.

Besse Cooper is survived by four children, 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

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World's Oldest Person - 116 Years Old


**Meet the New World's Oldest Woman, Dina Manfredini**

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The Des Moines-area supercentenarian inherited the title Tuesday after 116-year-old Beese Cooper of Georgia passed away. ‘I’m old, old lady, but I work. Work hard,’ said the Guinness World Records titleholder.

Dina Manfredini, 115, was crowned the oldest person in the world Tuesday.

At 115 years and 245 days, Dina Manfredini of the Des Moines, Iowa, area, inherited the title Tuesday after Besse Cooper of Georgia passed away at age 116.

Manfredini, a mother of four, was born in Italy on April 4, 1897. She came to the U.S. when she was just 23 years old with her late husband, Riccardo Manfredini, in 1920.

“I’m old, old lady, but I work. Work hard. I like work,” Manfredini told The Des Moines Register back in 2004, when she moved into a nursing home at age 110.

The elderly woman, who has lived during three different centuries, held a wide range of jobs in her early years, from cracking eggs at a food-processing plant to filling shells with gunpowder on an assembly line during World War II.

She also cleaned homes on the side until she was 90 years old.

Manfredini, a mother of four, has lived to see great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. “You know, she worked all her life and she did everything in moderation," one of her daughters told WHO-TV of the secret to her mother’s longevity in April, when the family celebrated Manfredini’s 115th birthday.

Manfredini currently lives at the Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston, just north of Des Moines.

Though her hearing is poor, she is relatively healthy and can move around with the help of a walker.

“She's our special gift," her daughter, Enes Logli, told The Register.

Today some 70 people in the world are known to be 110 years old or more. However, the Gerontology Research Group, which verified Manfredini’s age, believes that the number is even higher, with perhaps 300 to 450 “supercentenarians” currently living.

The oldest known person ever was Jeanne Calment of Arles, France, who died at age 122 in August 1997.

Manfredini may already be a Guinness World Records titleholder, but she is also in the running to snag another distinction, the organization said in a news release.

She is the only known Italian person to have lived to the age of 115 and is about a week away from being named the world’s “oldest immigrant,” a title set by Christian Mortensen, a Danish-born American, in 1998.

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GILF (of course, only while she was still alive)

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GILF (of course, only while she was still alive)

No interest in Dina, lol? She looks out of it.

Besse looked coherent.

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Oh god, definitely Besse. Those other pics werent on there before! hehehe

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Besse seems like she would prefer it if someone else held the baby.

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Looks like she started to decay a long time ago... They should've put her down earlier.

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Besse seems like she would prefer it if someone else held the baby.

That's Dina with the baby in front of her.

Besse is the one with the glasses.

Dina looks out of it!

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Oh god, definitely Besse. Those other pics werent on there before! hehehe

Some of you are too quick for me!

I wasn't finished and then I was frozen trying to get the Dina stills up.

All done now!

Yes, Besse had some color to her. I don't think Dina will make it to get her title for 2014.

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i think your basically dead mentally after 90

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