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Jeralean Talley, holding a much-loved portrait of her and her late husband. Jeralean Talley, holding a much-loved portrait of her and her late husband. Photo: Cordon Press.

The oldest-living American has celebrated her 115th birthday. Jeralean Talley, of Michigan, is one of the few people alive to have been born in the 19th century. Jeralean Talley, who was born on May 23, celebrated her special day on Friday.

 

She is the second-oldest person in the world according to the Gerontology Research Group, which keeps a list of the world's longest-living people.

Ms Talley, who still gets around on her own with a walking frame, has credited her longevity to her faith.

Ms Talley, a widow, whose husband Alfred died in 1988, is cared for by a 76-year-old daughter who lives with her.

On Sunday Ms Talley and her extensive family and friends celebrated at a local church.

According to the Gerontology Research Group, Japanese Misao Okawa, 116, is the world's oldest person.

Talking of her long life, Ms Talley told the Detroit Free Press:  "It's all in the good Lord's hands. There's nothing I can do about it."

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