World's Oldest Person Dies at Age 115

Retired Indiana schoolteacher was born in 1893
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2008 10:21 PM CST
Edna Parker plays with her great-great-grandson, Kole Scott Parker, while he is held by his father, Jerad Parker in 2007.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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(Newser) – The world's oldest person died quietly yesterday at an Indiana nursing home, the Shelbyville News reports. Edna Parker, a retired teacher, lived to the age of 115 years and 220 days and had been recognized by Guinness World Records. Her death makes a Portugal woman, Maria de Jesus, the new world's oldest. She was born about 5 months after Parker in 1893.

"She has always been with us," said the wife of Parker's grandson, "and I guess that we somehow thought she would live forever."