World's oldest person dies

Jan. 29, 2007 at 8:45 PM

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Emma Faust Tillman of East Hartford, Conn., held the title of world's oldest person for less than a week. She died Sunday at the age of 114.

Tillman, born in a log cabin Nov. 22, 1892, in Gibsonville, N.C., to slaves, became the oldest person last Wednesday with the death of Emiliano Mercado Del Toro of Puerto Rico. Tillman, one of 23 siblings, died at Riverside Health Care Center, surrounded by family.

"It was her time," hospital administrator Karen Chadderton told the East Hartford (Conn.) Gazette. "It was an honor to have cared for her."

Tillman had been at the care center for four years. She had lived in Connecticut since 1900 when her family moved north to work the tobacco fields.

Over the years, Tillman worked for the family of Katherine Hepburn, cooked for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and baked for baseball legend Jackie Robinson.

In 1920, she was among the first women to vote.

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