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US Woman, World's Oldest Person, Dies at 116

  • Associated Press

Jeralean Talley, who died Wednesday at age 116 and had been deemed the world's oldest person, addresses the congregation during a church service and her birthday celebration in Inkster, Michigan, May 24, 2015.

Jeralean Talley, who died Wednesday at age 116 and had been deemed the world's oldest person, addresses the congregation during a church service and her birthday celebration in Inkster, Michigan, May 24, 2015.

A 116-year-old woman deemed the world's oldest person has died in Michigan.

Jeralean Talley died Wednesday at her home in the Detroit suburb of Inkster. Her daughter, Thelma Holloway, confirmed the death.

Holloway said Thursday that her mother had recently been hospitalized and treated for fluid in her lungs but was grateful to return home, "just where she wanted to be.''

Talley turned 116 last month. She celebrated at her church and a local office of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The Gerontology Research Group considered Talley to be the world's oldest person, based on available records, followed by Susannah Jones of Brooklyn, New York. The group said Jones would turn 116 in July.

Talley was born in the state of Georgia in 1899. Her husband died in 1988, at age 95.

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