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Nearly a month after gerontology experts named Jeralean Talley the world’s oldest person, USA Today reports, the Detroit-area woman is celebrating yet another milestone: her 116th birthday.

Talley was born in Montrose, Ga., on May 23, 1899, and has lived in Michigan since 1935, the report says. Relatives tell the newspaper that she remains active and aware of her surroundings.


Talley was named world’s oldest person in April after the death of Gertrude Weaver at age 116. Weaver died just five days after 117-year-old Misao Okawa died in Japan.

Talley’s explanation of her longevity has never veered, relatives say.

“It's all in the good Lord’s hands,” she said, according to USA Today. “There’s nothing I can do about it.”

Read more at USA Today.

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