World’s Oldest Person Dies

Texas resident lived to be 115

By Bruce Felps
|  Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011  |  Updated 4:56 PM CDT
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Eunice Sanborn, who lived in Jacksonville, Texas, passed away today in her home.

At age 115, she was considered the oldest living human in the world — which is just redundant because where else do people live? — after her predecessor, Eugenie Blanchard, passed away in November.

Perhaps having a name that starts with the letters “E” and “U” contributes to longevity. Then again, in the immortal words of Motörhead front-man Lemmy Kilmister, “The key to survival is not dying.” Cannot argue with that.

An Agence France-Presse article reports that Georgian Besse Cooper — “born August 26, 1896 — is now the world's oldest woman, according to the Gerontology Research Group,” so there goes the name theory.

According to that same AFP article, “She has credited her longevity to minding her own business and not eating junk food.” Amen to minding one’s own business as a contributing factor to a long life.

The world changed a great deal during Sanborn’s lifetime, and there’s your understatement of the day. Through it all, though, she gave credit for her good health and longevity to her belief in Jesus and her salvation, and amen to that, too.

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. It is very unlikely we will never become the world’s oldest man. He feels like it, though.

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