Emma Faust Tillman
HARTFORD: A 114-year-old Connecticut resident who was born to former
slaves in North Carolina has become the world's oldest known woman
after the death this week of a Canadian woman.
Emma Faust Tillman, born on November 22, 1892, became the oldest
validated woman "supercentenarian" when 115-year-old Julie Winnifred
Bertrand of Montreal died on Thursday.
Ms. Tillman, of East Hartford, is now the second-oldest known person
in the world behind 115-year-old Emiliano Mercado del Toro of Puerto
Rico, born on August 21, 1891.
They are among many validated supercentenarians on a list maintained
by the Gerontology Research Group in Los Angeles and other
Ms. Tillman, widowed for almost 70 years, takes no credit for her
longevity and says she has no secrets for other aspiring
supercentenarians. It was stated that she never smoked, never drank,
did not need glasses and agreed to wear a hearing aid only
reluctantly. — AP