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SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (AP) – Edna Parker, who became the world's oldest person more than a year ago, has died at age 115.

UCLA gerontologist Dr. Stephen Coles said Parker's great-nephew notified him that Parker died Wednesday at a nursing home in Shelbyville. She was 115 years, 220 days old, said Robert Young, a senior consultant for gerontology for Guinness World Records.

Parker was born April 20, 1893, in central Indiana's Morgan County and had been recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest person since the 2007 death in Japan of Yone Minagawa, who was four months her senior.

Coles maintains a list of the world's oldest people and said Parker was the 14th oldest validated supercentenarian in history. Maria de Jesus of Portugal, who was born Sept. 10, 1893, is now the world's oldest living person, according to the Gerontology Research Group.

Parker had been a widow since her husband, Earl Parker, died in 1939 of a heart attack. She lived alone in their farmhouse until age 100, when she moved into a son's home and later to the Shelbyville nursing home.

Although she never drank alcohol or tried tobacco and led an active life, Parker didn't offer tips for living a long life. Her only advice to those who gathered to celebrate when she became the oldest person was "more education."

Parker outlived her two sons, Clifford and Earl Jr. She also had five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

"We don't know why she's lived so long," Don Parker said before his grandmother's 115th birthday. "But she's never been a worrier and she's always been a thin person, so maybe that has something to do with it."

Parker taught in a two-room school in Shelby County for several years until she wed her childhood sweetheart and neighbor in 1913. The same year, she graduated from Franklin College with a teaching certificate.

But as was the tradition of that era, her teaching career ended with her marriage. Parker traded the schoolhouse for life as a farmer's wife, preparing meals for as many as a dozen men who worked on her husband's farm.

Parker noted with pride last year that she and her husband were one of the first owners of an automobile in their rural area.

Coincidentally, Parker lived in the same nursing home as 7-foot-7 Sandy Allen, whom Guinness recognized as the world's tallest woman until her death in August.

Copyright © 2008 The Associated Press
Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Nov. 27, 2008.
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December 2, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Camella Ford
November 26, 2016
Harry Simpson
January 10, 2014
I was at the nursing home visiting my aunt shortly before she passed. I was unaware she was there. I went to school with her grandson Don and would have visited her also. So sorry for your loss.
Deborah (Asher)Swint
November 26, 2013
irene rev.21:4,5
November 26, 2013
Parker Family, How lucky you were to have a living part of history to learn from. We in Spencer, Wisconsin had Merle Pickett,109 to glean from and even her history lives on in our museum.
ckurz 106@carter.net
June 14, 2012
July 1, 2010
"...For like the days of a tree will the days of my people be;...." ( Isaiah 65:22 ) What a wonderful promise to out live trees!
May 14, 2010
Wow 115 years old? This is truly Amazing!
Is it possible that our bodies were not meant to grow old and die but to live-on forever on earth?
Definitely, the human body is marvelously designed.
At Psalms 139:14 King Solomon wrote “We should give God praise, because in a fear-inspiring way,
we are wonderfully made”.
Our Condolence to the Family
Jenna K A.
December 10, 2009
RIP Edna. You will remain with us in spirit.
Adrian Cavazos
December 29, 2008
My grandfather just died and he was 106, and i thought he was old! God bless you Edna.
December 2, 2008
I would like to say thank God for sharing such a wonderful woman with
us. Mrs Edna Parker was not afraid to
share her life with others. A true role model for young men and women today. God bless her and All her Kin forever. Love was shown in hard times and good times. "AMEN"
Willie Preston Simmons JR
December 2, 2008
God Blessed You Edna with a Full and Wonderful Life! You will live on in Our Hearts Forever!
December 2, 2008
WOW! Unbelievable. You have achieved greatness. RIP Edna!
Walter Sulkowski
December 2, 2008
The World Oldest Woman That Is Sad That She Had To Leave her family but if anyone asked me to guess how old she was I would say 92 she doesn't even look that old but 115 years old mean she kept her body healthy and thats how she got to live her long and interesting life.. Gone but never forgotten in everyone's mind she is known As the Worlds Oldest Person!!
December 2, 2008
Edna, had work to do, and her job ended on Wednesday. Now Edna your in "Gods Garden" rest in Peace.

Esther Araiza Mendez, Glendale, Arizona
December 2, 2008
Edna was blessed with a long life & good health! That's so so awesome! I know GOD had a plan for her! Now she is with her loved ones up in heaven. She's our Angel of hope! May GOD bless the Parker Family!
Linda Hagens
December 2, 2008
Rest in Peace Edna.
December 2, 2008
Edna sounds like a wonderful woman, Not everybody gets to live such a long life as your mother did,I'm sure that she's living on in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ and with her husband, May God Bless you and your family at this sad time.
A christian friend.
December 1, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Pauline Hicks
December 1, 2008
To love and to have been loved....
What a beautiful life she must have had.
Lynne Vauthier
December 1, 2008
my deepest sympathy goes out to the family n friends of this special lady..what a amazing life she lived and i wish i could have met her as well...what a legacy she lived and all in the name of jesus...my prayers too all and rest in peace our angel edna for you have completed your life here on earth and to start a new life with our lord and savior jesus christ and what a wonderful time we all will have when he comes to take us home may you rest in peace our angel edna and gbu all
sharon weidner
December 1, 2008
The things you have seen and done.
The storys you have told. The love you have given, god bless you Eden Parker. We will miss you.
Quinn, Lynn Birmingham
December 1, 2008
Imagine the wealth of knowledge that left with her. Condolences to her family.
December 1, 2008
Blessings make you live as long as Ms. Parker did. the Word of God says, Respect your father and mother is the first commandment that has a promise added; so that all may go well with you and you may live a long time in the land . Eph.6:2-3 thats how I know why Ms. parker lived. GOD never goes back on his word.
May God bless you and the family.
Liz M.
Liz Martinez
December 1, 2008
In Memory of Edna Parker:
Bless your heart, 115 years old....God gives us a body to take care of and you did that. You never smoke or drank alcoholic beverages. You were a teacher and completed the requirements for that. Now you are reunited with your husband. Oh what a day that must have been. Doctors enjoy talking to someone who has seen so much history and you lived to see and hear about President elect Obama. May your soul enter Heaven before the devil knows you're dead.
Mary Jeffers
December 1, 2008
She must have been a joy to be around. I would have loved to have met her. She was full of love and was more than blessed. My deepest sympathy to her family.
Joseph F. Gunn
December 1, 2008
Mrs. Curnutt,

I was so sorry to hear about your grandmother's passing. I have been keeping up in the news with her as being the oldest person in the world for the past year. Please accept my condolences.

Your third grade student,
Mindy Yeakle (Warren)
December 1, 2008
What a wonderful testament to good healthy living and the love of God.If only we all could live a simple
respectful life.To the family,someone write a book for all to read.God bless and keep you strong.
Emma Henderson
December 1, 2008
What a wonderful thing to live to 115. We wish her well in eternity.
Loogootee Police Dept
December 1, 2008
Wow, what a life. What joy to see your great-great-grandchildren. Now she is home with Our Lord and her husband and children. God Bless her family for appreciating such a treasure.
Tami Bramblett
December 1, 2008
To the Parker Family:At Psalms 90:9,10.saysFor all our days have come to their decline in your fury .WE have finished our years just like a whisper. In themselves the days of our years are seventy years.Andif because of special mightiness they are eigthy years..... So Mrs Parker had that speical mightiness to make a name with God.
Cynthia Stewart
December 1, 2008
My condolences to all concerned. Truly a super woman! How fantastic to have lived so long and in such good health and spirits! I especially enjoyed reading about her life and how she survived that fall and laying in the snow at age 100! Truly remarkable. Her genes are those of a truly superwoman. Something to be envied by any person alive! May God bless you all and shine on you at this time and always. John F. Lamphere, Sr. and family, South Montrose, PA.
John Lamphere
November 30, 2008
Jennifer Meikle
November 30, 2008
To Edna,
God Gave You A Wonderful Gift,To Live That Long, And Now Your With God And His Angel's. Enjoy Your LIfe On The Other Side, I Hear Its Beautiful.


November 30, 2008
I read about this woman in a Wikipedia article I found in Yahoo!. She has been through so much and I hate to hear her go. You are in a better place now. Rest In Peace! Wish I could have met you and listen to you talk about so many interesting things. Peace be with you always!
November 30, 2008
November 30, 2008
bless her heart.she has a special place up in heaven that God has prepared her for.
missie severs
November 30, 2008
God Bless her! My grandfather lived to be 127, so I know what it's like to loose a loved one whos lived to be a centorian. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Dudley Haas
November 30, 2008
She is watching over her loved ones and is very happy with her boys now, what a very beautiful lady,
Thomas Family
November 30, 2008
I send my prayers to her family. She lived a longggggggg life...
Rosalie Payne
November 29, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Kristi Grier
November 29, 2008
November 29, 2008
Ms. Edna was truly an angel; celebrate her life, don't mourn her death.
T Hardy
November 29, 2008
god is love
eliza ison
November 29, 2008
i am amazed with the story of parker...it inspired me that life is long enough if you know how to live it right...
Frances Lorraine Trinidad
November 29, 2008
Rest in peace lovely lady. God has taken you to begin another journey. I would have enjoyed meeting you.
Your precious smile and wisdom. What a treasure. God's
special angel.. Now your smiling from the heavens. Keep
sending your love our way.

November 29, 2008
I Just seen this Woman On The Yahoo Front Page As The Oldest Woman In Indiana An So I Looked Her Up And Read About Her And I Fell In Love With Her That quick I Wish I Could Have Meet Her And Listen To her Tell Me Stories About How it Was Back Then When She Was Born And All I Have to Say Is That She Lived A very Good Life And God Blessed Her With A Beautiful Family And May She Rest In Peace
Jay Jones
November 29, 2008
What a wonderful blessing it must have been for Mrs. Edna to live to be 115 years old. I'm sorry about your loss, I will keep your family lifted up in prayer, may god keep you during this time.
M Haynes
November 28, 2008
God Bless you and your family. She is an obvious picture of the blessings he has already bestowed. What a blessing! Would love for you to share some younger photos of her in her glory also. Give thanks! Sincerely, the DiDolces'
PeggySue DiDolce
November 28, 2008
my deepest condolences...
with love...
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