A 116th birthday of one Detroit woman

A 116th birthday of one Detroit woman

On Saturday, a woman from Detroit turned 116! And she has no long life secret.

Before her birthday Jeralean Talley said there was nothing she could do about it. Her birthday celebration will take place twice. On Sunday, there is going to be a party at her New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist church.

As available records show, The Gerontology Research Group thinks Jeralean is the oldest woman in the world along with the Brooklyn citizen Susannah Jones, who turns 116 in July.

Robert Young, one of the members of Gerontology Research, thinks that a person has more chances to win lottery that to reach 116th birthday.

Talley with a portrait of her husband and her during her 115th birthday celebration

Talley with a portrait of her husband and her during her 115th birthday celebration

Talley used to play bowling until she was 104 and now she really likes fishing. Her daughter, Thelma Holloway, claims her mother still has a clear mind.

In 1899 in Montrose, Georgia, Talley was born. In 1930s she moved to Michigan. Her husband died when he was 95 in 1988.

Her 21-year-old godson Tyler Kinloch said that Talley had the main rule of her life. It says to treat people how you want them to treat you.

On Thursday, at an event at local office of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Talley received $116, a dollar per every year. U.S. Rep. John Conyers, 86, also attends the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services as he serves in White house for the longest period of time.

During her birthday celebration, Talley said to the crowd:

I thank you very, very, very, very much!

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