*We have sad news to report.
A family spokeswoman revealed that on Thursday (June 18) Jeralean Talley, the world’s oldest-known person, died. The passing occurred 26 days after her 116th birthday, according to Reuters.
Christonna Campbell, a family spokeswoman, mentioned that Talley died Wednesday night (June 17) in her home in Inkster, a Detroit, Mich. suburb she shared with her 77-year-old daughter, Thelma Holloway.
“She was just a beautiful woman,” Campbell said. “We enjoyed her words of wisdom.”
Born on May 23, 1899 in Georgia, Talley moved to Michigan in 1935 with her husband, Alfred Talley, for his job at a Ford plant. He died in 1988, Reuters notes.
Following Gertrude Weaver’s death in Arkansas in April at the age of 116, Talley was ranked at the top of a list validating the ages of the world’s longest-living people that is kept by the Gerontology Research Group.
News of Talley’s death came as a surprise for the Group’s Supercentenarian Research and Database Division director, Robert Young, who acknowledged the active lifestyle she lived.
“She was walking around as of a few weeks ago,” Young said, adding that the person who could possibly become the next one be the oldest person in the world is Susannah Mushatt Jones, who is 115.
On Thursday, a representative for the Vandalia Senior Center in Brooklyn, New York confirmed that Jones, who was born in Alabama, is lives at the center.
Talley was an active member in the New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Inkster. Services for Talley will be held on June 27 at the New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Inkster, where she was an active member.
On behalf of EURweb.com, all thoughts and prayers go out to the Talley family.