Bess Cooper turned 116, she is the oldest living woman, certified by the Guinness World Record, she celebrated her birthday at a nursing facility in Monroe, Georgia , where she resides. Cooper is only the eighth person in the world, and only the fourth American, to reach that age, says Guinness. Mrs. Cooper and her husband Luther was married in 1924, ( Mr. Cooper died in 1963) and had four children. Today she has 12 grandchildren and even more great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Her secret to longevity, minding her own business and no junk food. FYI thisandthatreaders!!