Chicago woman dead at age 115

Feb. 11, 2009 at 12:57 PM

CHICAGO, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A woman in Chicago thought to be 115 years old has died at Cook County's Provident Hospital, a hospital worker said Wednesday.

An unidentified nursing supervisor said Virginia Call, who claimed to have been born in 1894, died Tuesday afternoon of unspecified causes, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Call claimed in a 2007 interview that she was born Jan. 4, 1894, in Vaughn, Miss., and managed to outlive five siblings.

Call, who relocated to Chicago in 1951, said while celebrating her 113th birthday in 2007 that she was happy to reach such an old age.

"I'm glad to be alive," she said at the time.

The Tribune said despite claims by Call, her unidentified granddaughter and the nursing supervisor, the Gerontology Research Group hadn't previously recognized Call as one of 88 living people aged 110 or above.

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