ARKANSAS (CNN) — The oldest person in the world is now living in the United States at an impressive 116 years old.
Gertrude Weaver, who resides in Camden, Arkansas, earned the new title Wednesday from the Guinness Book of World Records after the previously record-holder — Misao Okawa, of Japan — died months after celebrating her 117th birthday.
“I’ve been here long,” Weaver told PIX11 News’ sister station KARK. “I feel good.”
Born in 1898, Weaver spent more of her life as a housekeeper, a wife and mother to four children. Her family said her newest title of World’s Oldest Person comes from a higher being.
“The plan that (God) had for her life was to live a long life and to get the recognition that she’s getting today,” granddaughter Gradie Welch said.
Weaver is proud to admit she’s checked off everything on her bucket list — and that she’s ready to go whenever the time comes.
“She’s ready whenever He comes, she’s ready to go,” Welch said.
Reflecting on all her years, Weaver has fond memories of family, gardening, quilting and cooking, especially pies. But that isn’t her secret to a long life.
Her granddaughter said Weaver attributes longevity to her “hardwork, love God put him first in everything and love one another.”
Weaver said an awesome perk to such a long life: meeting future generations.
She turns 117 on July 4 and said if she could do it all again, she wouldn’t change a thing.