Jeralean Talley, the oldest known living person in the world, turned 116 years old over the weekend. She celebrated her birthday with family and friends in Inkster, Michigan, on Saturday.
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Based on a report published by the Detroit Free Press, Talley got a special greeting for her birthday from President Barack Obama.
On the letter sent by the president, he wrote:
“The breadth of your experiences and depth of your wisdom reflect the long path our Nation has traveled since 1899. During this time, there have been setbacks and breakthroughs, false starts and improbable victories, and through it all our country’s spirit has endured — strengthened and enriched by each generation.”
U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 13th congressional district John Conyers also greeted the great-great-grandmother on Twitter.
Happy 116th Birthday to Instker’s Jeralean Talley, the World’s oldest person! pic.twitter.com/haYKX3Oa7P
— John Conyers (@RepJohnConyers) May 21, 2015
Even after Alfred died, Jeralean continued living an active lifestyle. She was an avid bowler until she reached the age of 104. At present, she either stays home or goes to family members’ homes.
She is also still a regular churchgoer. A front row seat is always reserved for her at the New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Inkster.
Jeralean got the title of the world’s oldest known living person in April this year, after the former record-holder, Gertrude Weaver, died in Arkansas at the age of 116.
Her birthday celebration with her family and friends was held at Gracie See Pastaria restaurant, where she was welcomed with a birthday cake, balloons, and a banner. Other celebrations were held in her honor as well.