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Gertrude Baines

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Gertrude Baines nee Conley April 6, 1894 – September 11, 2009 was an American supercentenarian, who became the oldest recognized living person according to Guinness World Records upon the death of Portuguese woman Maria de Jesus on January 2, 2009, until her own death on September 11, 2009, at the age of 115 years 158 days

Baines lived in Los Angeles Just before her 115th birthday, Baines was hospitalized and treated for dehydration, but she made a quick recovery Aside from her arthritis and inability to walk, Baines was in good health until the age of 115 She was buried in Inglewood Park Cemetery After her death, Kama Chinen of Japan succeeded her as the world's oldest person


  • 1 Personal history
  • 2 See also
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Personal history

Baines was born in Shellman, Georgia in 1894 She recalled that her earliest memory was a car ride to Canada

She later married at a young age and had a daughter who died of typhoid fever at the age of 18 In 1920, Gertrude Conley was recorded as living in Hartford, Connecticut She later moved to Ohio, where she worked as a maid at Ohio State University, before moving many years later to California She lived on her own until 1999 when she was 105 years old, and resided at the Western Convalescent Home in Jefferson Park, Los Angeles until her death According to MSNBCcom, she enjoyed "simple pleasures" of eating a diet of bacon and eggs and black-eyed peas, and watched shows like The Price Is Right and Jerry Springer

Baines voted for Barack Obama for US President in the 2008 election The only other time she voted in a Presidential election was in 1960 for John F Kennedy

When asked to what she credited her longevity, Baines answered: "God Ask Him I took good care of myself, the way He wanted me to" She also said, "No, I didn't ever think I'd live this long"

See also

  • Biography portal
  • 100 oldest American people ever
  • List of the verified oldest people
  • List of North American supercentenarians
  • List of the verified oldest women


  1. ^ a b Bermudez, Esmeralda 2009-09-11 "Gertrude Baines, the world's oldest person, dies at 115" Los Angeles Times Retrieved 2009-09-11 
  2. ^ a b Willingham, Val 2006-12-19 "A supercentenarian looks back over 112 years" CNN Retrieved 2007-12-12 
  3. ^ Taylor, Francis 2007-12-09 "Gertrude Baines: Black Community Treasure at 113" Los Angeles Sentinel Retrieved 2011-09-02 
  4. ^ a b Abdollah, Tami 2008-11-05 "At 114, a daughter of former slaves votes for Obama" Los Angeles Times Archived from the original on 2009-06-28 Retrieved 2009-09-11 

External links

  • LA wishes happy 115th birthday to Gertrude Baines
  • Western Convalescent Hospital

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