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Gertrude Baines

Gertrude Baines at her 115th birthday party in Los Angeles
Born April 6, 1894
Shellman, Georgia, United States
Died September 11, 2009
(aged &0000000000000115.000000115 years, &0000000000000158.000000158 days)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Former homemaker
Known for Oldest verified person in the world
(January 2, 2009 – September 11, 2009)

Gertrude Baines (April 6, 1894 – September 11, 2009)[1] was an American supercentenarian, who was the oldest recognized living person according to Guinness World Records, from January 2, 2009, the death of Portuguese woman Maria de Jesus, until her own death on September 11, 2009, at age 115 years 158 days. She was the last recognized surviving person documented as being born in 1894.

Baines lived in Los Angeles. Just before her 115th birthday, Baines was hospitalized and treated for dehydration, but she made a quick recovery. Aside from her arthritis and inability to walk, Baines was in good health until age 115. She was buried in Inglewood Park Cemetery.

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Personal history

Born in Shellman, Georgia, Baines was the third daughter of Jordan (1863 – October 23, 1921) and Amelia "Amy" Baines (née Daniel), who were married in Terrell County, Georgia on January 1, 1887. She recalled that her earliest memory was a car ride to Canada.[2]

Gertrude Baines married Sam Conley at a "very young age" and had a daughter, Annabelle, born in 1909,[citation needed] who died of typhoid fever at age 18. In 1920, Gertrude Conley was recorded as living in Hartford, Connecticut. She later moved to Ohio, where she worked as a maid at Ohio State University, before moving many years later to California. She lived at the Western Convalescent Home in Jefferson Park, Los Angeles, until her death.[3] She lived on her own until she was 105 years old. According to MSNBC.com, she enjoyed "simple pleasures" of eating a diet of bacon and eggs, and watched shows like The Price Is Right and Jerry Springer.

Baines voted for Barack Obama for U.S. President in the 2008 election. The only other time she voted in a Presidential election was in 1960 for John F. Kennedy.[4]

Longevity

  • On March 2, 2006, Marion Higgins died, and Baines, aged 111 years 330 days, became the oldest living person in California.
  • On October 13, 2007, Baines, aged 113 years 190 days, moved into the top 100 verified oldest who have ever lived.
  • On March 22, 2008, Arbella Ewing died, and Baines, aged 113 years 351 days, became the oldest verified living African American person in the world, and third-oldest verified person in the world.
  • On November 11, 2008, Baines, aged 114 years 219 days, surpassed Carrie Lazenby (1882–1996), to become the oldest person ever born in the state of Georgia.
  • On November 26, 2008, Edna Parker died, and Baines, aged 114 years 234 days, became the oldest verified living American and second-oldest verified person in the world.
  • On December 6, 2008, Catherine Hagel died, and Baines, aged 114 years 244 days, became the last living person verified to have been born in 1894.
  • On January 2, 2009, Maria de Jesus died, and Baines, aged 114 years 271 days, became the oldest verified person in the world.
  • On September 11, 2009, Baines died, aged 115 years 158 days, surpassing the lifespan of Anitica Butariu by one day and becoming the 16th oldest validated person ever.

When asked to what she credited her longevity, Baines answered: "God. Ask him... I took good care of myself, the way He wanted me to."[2] She also has said, "No, I didn't ever think I'd live this long."[4]

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Preceded by
Maria de Jesus
Oldest recognized living person
January 2, 2009 – September 11, 2009
Succeeded by
Kama Chinen
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Simple English

Gertrude Baines
Born 6 April 1894
Shellman, Georgia, United States
Died 11 September 2009
(aged 115 years, 158 days)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Known for Oldest verified person in the world (2 January 2009 – 11 September 2009)

Gertrude Baines (April 6, 1894 – September 11, 2009) was an American woman who was believed to have been the oldest person in the world from the death of Portuguese woman Maria de Jesus on January 2, 2009 until her death on September 11, 2009. She was the last person known to have been born in 1894 and the oldest ever person to have been born in that year.

Personal History

Gertrude Baines married Sam Conley at a very young age and had one daughter who died of typhoid fever at the age of 18. Baines was known to have been living in Hartford, Connecticut before moving to Ohio, where she worked as a maid at the Ohio State University. She later moved to California, where she lived on her own until age 105. She spent her final years at the Western Convalescent Center in Jefferson Park, Los Angeles.

Longevity

  • March 2, 2006 – Marion Higgins died, Baines became the oldest person in California.
  • September 9, 2006 – Baines moved into Gerontology Research Group list for Guinness World Records.
  • October 8, 2007 – Baines moved into the top 100 oldest people to have ever lived.
  • March 22, 2008 – Arbella Ewing died, Baines became the oldest living African American.
  • November 11, 2008 – Baines became the oldest ever person to be born in the state of Georgia.
  • November 26, 2008 – Edna Parker died, Baines became the oldest living American.
  • December 6, 2008 – Catherine Hagel died, Baines became the last known person to have been born in 1894.
  • January 2, 2009 – Maria de Jesus died, Baines became the oldest living person.
Preceded by
Maria de Jesus
Oldest Recognized Living Person
January 2, 2009September 11, 2009
Succeeded by
Kama Chinen


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