The world’s oldest person has died at the age of 115. Edna Parker died at her nursing home in Shelbyville, Indiana on Wednesday. She was 115 years, 220 days old according to Robert Young from the Guinness World Records.
Mrs. Parker was a widow in 1939 when her husband Earl died of a heart attack. Until 15 years ago she resided at their farmhouse. She then moved in with her son and finally to the nursing home in Shelbyville.
Mrs. Parker never drank a drop of alcohol or used tobacco yet that isn’t what she wanted to pass on. She wanted it to be known that more education was the key to longevity.
She outlived her children Earl Jr. and Clifford.
The Lakeland Ledger reports:
“We don’t know why she’s lived so long,” Don Parker said before his grandmother’s 115th birthday. “But she’s never been a worrier and she’s always been a thin person, so maybe that has something to do with it.”
Mrs. Parker was a teacher after graduating Franklin College in 1911. In 1913 she married her childhood sweetheart. In her day a teacher retired with marriage. She then became a farmer’s wife often feeding a dozen men who worked on their farm.
It has been noted that the Parker’s owned the first car in their town.
She is survived by five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
The world’s oldest person is now Maria de Jesus of Portugal.