The hendecagenarian was officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest person on earth at a ceremony at her nursing home on Thursday.
Mrs Cooper was bestowed with the title after the death of Eunice G Sanborn of Jacksonville, Texas last month.
As one of eight siblings she led an active childhood, climbing trees and splashing through rivers in Sullivan County, Tennessee with her older brothers and it was that, along with good genes, that her son Sid believes is the secret of her longevity.
After moving to Georgia to teach in a school during the First World War, Mrs Cooper was married in the 1920s and remained with her husband for 40 years, though he died almost half a century ago.
Source: The Telegraph
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