CHICAGO, June 28 (UPI) -- A woman whose family claims she was 118 years old, which would make her the oldest person in the world, died in her sleep in Chicago.
Roberta Weston was refused entry into the Guinness Book of World Records because she had no birth certificate.
Her family said that's because she was born in the sharecropping south to former slave parents and there were no birth certificates, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. A fire burned a Bible with her birth date written in it, said Rudy Hampton, Weston's niece.
Weston was born in Columbus, Miss., on Aug. 9, 1887, her family says. She died Sunday.
They told the Sun-Times she spent the last 13 years in Chicago, entertaining friends and family with quick-witted advice and humor.