The world’s oldest living person passed away yesterday in Los Angeles at the age of 115.
“Gertrude Baines was born in Shellman, Ga., on April 6, 1894, whenwas in the White House, radio communication was just being developed and television was still more than a half-century from becoming a ubiquitous household presence….
She was… 9 when the first World Series was played. She had already reached middle age by the time the U.S. entered World War II in 1941….
Her vote for Obama, she added, had helped fulfill a lifelong dream of seeing a black man elected president….
“She told me that she owes her longevity to the Lord, that she never did drink, she never did smoke and she never did fool around,” Witt said at a party marking her 115th birthday.
At the party, Baines sat quietly, paying little attention as nursing home staffers and residents sang “Happy Birthday” and presented congratulatory notices from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and others. But she laughed when told the Los Angeles Dodgers had given her a cooler filled with hot dogs.”