Tuesday, January 30, 2007

we lost a lot of history when we lost ms tillman

AND she lived alone until she was 110!!!! holy cow. i'll bet she was a very special woman indeed. can you imagine what she must have seen in her lifetime? the changes (i hope most for the good).
my thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends

After brief reign, oldest known person dies
Daughter of former slaves dies at 114 in Connecticut nursing home

HARTFORD, Conn. - Emma Faust Tillman, whose life spanned three centuries and 21 U.S. presidencies, died Sunday night at an East Hartford nursing home, the facility’s administrator said. At 114, she was the world’s oldest known living person.
Tillman, the daughter of former slaves, was born during the administration of President Benjamin Harrison. Her four-day reign as the world’s oldest person was the shortest on record, said Robert Young, senior consultant for gerontology for Guinness World Records.
“She went peacefully,” Karen Chadderton, administrator of Riverside Health and Rehabilitation Center, said Monday. “She was a wonderful woman.”...........

..........A lot of faith’Tillman, who lived independently until she was 110 years old, was deeply religious since childhood and always attributed her longevity to God’s will, friends and family members said.
“She has a lot of faith and says, ‘Whatever the good Lord wants is what will happen,”’ Chadderton said recently, after Tillman was recognized as the world’s oldest known woman.
Tillman’s great-nephew, former Hartford fire chief John B. Stewart Jr., has said she never smoked, never drank, didn’t need glasses and only reluctantly agreed to wear a hearing aid..............

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