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Woman turns 115

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LOS ANGELES—The world’s oldest known living person celebrated her 115th birthday yesterday.

Gertrude Baines was honoured at Western Convalescent Hospital with music, a letter from the president, and two cakes.

Baines said little during the celebration as friends sang to her and she received a proclamation from Guinness World Records acknowledging her as the world’s oldest person.

Born in 1894 in Shellman, Ga., Baines became the world’s oldest living person when a 115-year-old woman, Maria de Jesus, died in Portugal in January.

Baines’ physician said she only has two complaints.

“Number one, she doesn’t like the bacon. It’s not crisp enough,” the doctor, Charles Witt Jr., told KCAL-TV.

“And the other thing is she fusses about her . . . arthritis of her knees.

“She told me that she owes her longevity to the Lord, that she never did drink, she never did smoke, and she never did fool around,” Witt added.

Baines has outlived her entire family. Her only daughter died of typhoid fever when she was a toddler.

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