On Saturday, Jeralean Talley of Inkster, Michigan turned 116 and she has no clue as to her long life.
“There’s nothing I can do about it,” Talley said ahead of her birthday weekend.
Talley is getting to party down so to speak as far as celebrating her historic birthday. Today (05-24-15) is a celebration at her church, New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist. By the way, the Gerontology Research Group considers her to be the oldest person in the world, based on available records, followed by Susannah Jones of Brooklyn, New York, who turns 116 in July.
“You’re more likely to win the lottery than to reach this age,” said Robert Young of Gerontology Research.
Would you believe Talley bowled until she was 104 and still likes to catch fish.
She was born in Montrose, Georgia, in 1899 and moved to Michigan in the 1930s. Talley’s husband died in 1988 at age 95.
“Her No. 1 rule is to treat people how you want to be treated,” said godson Tyler Kinloch, 21, who fishes with her. “I definitely carry that with me every single day.”
Talley received $116 — a dollar for every year — at an event Thursday at a local office of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The attendees included U.S. Rep. John Conyers. The Democrat is the longest-serving member in the House, but even at 86 he’s three decades younger than Talley, who lives in his district.
“I thank you very, very, very, very much,” Talley told the crowd.