From August of 2007 until her death in November of 2008, this American supercentenarian was recognized as the oldest living person in the world. She died several months shy of her 115th birthday.
In her young adulthood years, she earned a teaching certificate from Franklin College in Indiana.
In 2007, she became the oldest person living in the United States.
She outlived her husband, Earl Parker, by nearly seventy years. She also outlived her two children, Earl and Clifford. Her sisters, Georgia and Opal, died at the ages of 99 and 88, respectively.
She and Walter Breuning were both American, Midwestern-born supercentenarians; Breuning died in 2011, also just shortly before his 115th birthday.