American supercentenarian who, at age 116, became the world's oldest person. The previous holder of that title passed away on April 1, 2015, making her the world's oldest person for a total of 5 days.
She was born in Lafayette County, Arkansas and worked as a housekeeper.
The Mayor of Camden, Arkansas declared her birthday "Gertrude Day."
She was married to Gennie Weaver from 1915 until his death in 1968. She had four children, the oldest of which was 93 at the time of her death.
She became the world's oldest person following the death of Japanese woman Misao Okawa, who was 117.