Gertrude Weaver of Camden recently celebrated her 116th birthday July 4. Along with this special occasion, she also earned the title as the oldest person in the U.S. and second oldest person in the world! A representative from the Genealogy Research Group and Guinness Book of World Records traveled to Camden to present Weaver with a plaque recognizing her as the oldest living American.
Kathy Langley of Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation, the Camden facility where Mrs. Weaver resides, sent the below bio on this Arkansas native.
‘Gertrude Gain was born to sharecroppers, Charles and Ophelia Gain in 1898 in an area between Lewisville and Garland City, Arkansas near the Red River. The youngest of seven children, Gertrude married Gennie Weaver in 1914. Mrs. Weaver has survived all but one of the four children born to this marriage. Her son, Joe celebrated her 116th birthday with her. Mrs. Weaver jokes that she has too many grand children and great grand children to count.
Mrs. Weaver worked in private homes in and around Ouachita County for many years. She says the secrets to a long life are to treat everyone nice and the Lord will bless you, and that the secret to looking young is using a good moisturizer!
Mrs. Weaver’s dream is to meet President Barrack Obama and to be able to shake the hand of the first African American to live in the White House. Mrs. Weaver has been honored as a Living Legend by the Outstanding Women of Distinction of South Arkansas and received recognition from the Social Security Administration office in Camden, Arkansas in 2010. Mrs. Weaver currently resides at Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation in Camden, Arkansas where she enjoys exercise classes, entertaining students from neighboring schools and calling the “Hogs”!’