Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Local News

January 31, 2011

World's oldest woman dies

JACKSONVILLE —  

Eunice Sanborn, the world's oldest living person, passed away at 6 a.m. Monday.

David French, Sanborn's “adopted” son and caretaker, said her death was a peaceful one.

“The Lord just called her home,” he said. “He had been using her as a powerful witness for 115 years.

“It was a very peaceful death. She was not uncomfortable.”

Sanborn has been a Jacksonville icon for years, thanks to her involvement in the community and her ownership of Love's Lookout. She rose to nationwide fame in April 2010, however, when she was declared the oldest living person in the U.S.

Not long after, in November 2010, she was declared the world's oldest living person upon the death of Eugenie Blanchard, a nun from the French West Indies.

Sanborn turned 115 in July 2010 and lived at home with 24-hour care until her death.

She was born July 20, 1895, in Lake Charles, La.

 

Sanborn credited her long life and good health to her belief in Jesus Christ and her salvation.

Services are under the direction of Boren-Conner Funeral Home in Jacksonville.

Read Tuesday's Daily Progress for more about Sanborn's life, death and her obituary.

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