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Iowa Woman Named 'World's Oldest Person' Just Two Weeks Ago Dies


"Took a job at the age of 90 cleaning houses"

An April 2010 photo shows Dina Manfredini, front, with her family, from left, Mary Russo, daughter, Bernice Manfredini, daughter-in-law, Dante Manfredini, son, and Enes Logli, daughter, at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston, Iowa. (Photo: AP)

(TheBlaze/AP) -- A 115-year-old Iowa woman's granddaughter says her grandmother has died less than two weeks after inheriting the title of "world's oldest person."

Dina Manfredini's granddaughter Lori Logli says Manfredini died Monday morning, but Logli didn't elaborate on her grandmother's cause of death.

Manfredini lived at the Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston.  Guinness World Records confirmed she inherited the title of world's oldest living person less than two weeks ago, after Bessie Cooper of Georgia died at the age of 116.

CNN has more on Manfredini's remarkable life:

Manfredini was born in Pievepelago, Italy, on April 4, 1897, and moved to Des Moines in 1920 with her husband, according to her Guinness biography.

She was an avid gardener who, after staying home to raise children and keep house, took up a job at the age of 90 cleaning houses, according to Guinness.

She lived on her own until she was 110, when she moved to a nursing home, Guinness said.

Guinness quoted Manfredini as saying that her long life was the result of her commitment to "hard work and everything in moderation."  [Emphasis added]

Guinness spokesman Robert Young says a Japanese man is believed to now hold the title of world's oldest person.  Born April 19, 1897, he's just 15 days younger than Manfredini.  Young says Kimura, of Kyotango in Kyoto, also is believed to be the second-oldest man in documented history.



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