Canada's oldest person dies at 113

April 19, 2012 at 9:28 AM

CALGARY, Alberta, April 19 (UPI) -- The oldest known Canadian, Cora Hansen, has died in an Alberta nursing home at the age of 113, her family said.

Hansen died Wednesday at the facility in Medicine Hat in southeastern Alberta, the Calgary Sun said.

She was born March 25, 1899, in Minnesota to Norwegian immigrant parents and had nine siblings. At the age of 13, the family headed north and west to homestead in Alberta, Postmedia News reported.

Speaking through her family at her birthday last month, the deaf Hansen said she attributed her longevity to good genes, long daily walks, devout Lutheran beliefs and avoiding alcohol and tobacco all her life.

Widowed since 1975, she is survived by a 75-year-old daughter, two grandchildren and a great-grandson.

There was no immediate report of who assumes the oldest status in the country.

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