The world’s oldest living person Susannah Mushatt Jones celebated her 116 birthday on July 6. The occasion was marked privately with her family.
Jones is the daughter of Alabama sharecroppers and the third of 11 children. She has outlived all her siblings and although she has no children of her own she has more than 100 nieces and nephews.
The elderly lady was presented with a certificate proclaiming that she’s now the world’s oldest living person. Jones’ recognition comes after the death in June of Jeralean Talley. Jones was born in 1899, and became the record holder June 17, 2015.
When she was 106, she told the New York City Housing Authority her key to longevity: “I never drink or smoke. I surround myself with love and positive energy. That’s the key to long life and happiness,” Jones stated.