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World's oldest person dies in Camden

by Danielle Kloap | April 6, 2015 at 2:07 p.m.
Gertrude Weaver is seen a day before her 116th birthday in this July 3, 2014 file photo. Weaver died on April 6, 2015, just five days after becoming the oldest person in the world.

Gertrude Weaver, who was named the world's oldest person last week, died in Camden on Monday morning, a nursing home official confirmed.

Weaver, 116, died at the Ouachita County Medical Center in Camden at 10:12 a.m. from complications from pneumonia, Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center administrator Kathryn Langley said.

Weaver became the world's oldest person on Wednesday after the death of Misao Okawa, a Tokyo, Japan resident who was 117.

Her designation as the world's oldest person was confirmed by Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group.

Weaver was born July 4, 1898, according to Social Security documents, but U.S. Census records from 1900 show a birthdate of April 1898, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette previously reported.

She was born near Lewisville to Charles and Ophelia Gaines and was the youngest of six living children.

Weaver married husband Gennie Weaver on July 17, 1915 and the couple, who had four children, moved to Camden in the early 1930s.

Read Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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