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Woman Graduates from High School at 111-Years-Old
WTKR ^

Posted on 07/03/2014 4:38:34 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Lela Burden received her degree today. The centenarian lightly clapped just before she was handed her diploma. NewsChannel 3 first introduced to you her in May, when Doumar’s celebrated her 111th birthday with ice cream.

“I’m not old yet, I’m still a young lady,” Burden said back in May.

Burden is delightfully sharp. She remembers nearly everything about her time in school.

Schools were temporarily shut down in 1918 for a flu pandemic, by that time the teenage Burden was working two jobs and never went back to finish her education.

Decades of rich life experience taught her more than most learn in two lifetimes.

“Not any different,” she said on how she feels about being one of the world’s oldest women. “Still have your aches and pains but thank God I’m still alive.”


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1 posted on 07/03/2014 4:38:34 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Congrats to the new graduate!


2 posted on 07/03/2014 5:03:59 PM PDT by jocon307 (These people are (some Polish word) crazy)
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To: nickcarraway

She’s adorable. Here she is on her birthday: http://wtkr.com/2014/05/07/norfolk-woman-turns-111-years-old-one-of-the-oldest-living-in-the-world/


3 posted on 07/03/2014 5:06:37 PM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: nickcarraway

Wow, Good for her!


4 posted on 07/03/2014 5:27:50 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: nickcarraway

Bet she’s expecting a big prom night.


5 posted on 07/03/2014 5:32:02 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: nickcarraway

Hate to say it, but I call BS. Congrats to her whatever her supposed age but seriously......

Flame away.


6 posted on 07/03/2014 5:40:29 PM PDT by slouper (LWRC SPR 223)
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To: nickcarraway
Lela Burden received her degree today. The centenarian lightly clapped just before she was handed her diploma. NewsChannel 3 first introduced to you her in May, when Doumar’s celebrated her 111th birthday with ice cream.

Ice cream?? But that's not good for you!! :)

7 posted on 07/03/2014 5:41:33 PM PDT by tellw
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To: nickcarraway

I trust she didn’t have to take many classes to finish the diploma. If she was a high school sophomore she was probably better educated and more literate than today’s college graduates.


8 posted on 07/03/2014 5:44:30 PM PDT by tellw
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To: jocon307

Kewl! Anyone have any idea what she wants to be when she grows up?


9 posted on 07/03/2014 6:13:58 PM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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To: nickcarraway

When my son was 4....he saw a billboard for a local college featuring an elderly person with a robe and mortar board on graduating. He asked...”Did she get held back?” XD


10 posted on 07/03/2014 6:14:26 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Pilgrim's Progress

Anyone have any idea what she wants to be when she grows up?

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11 posted on 07/03/2014 6:14:42 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: tellw

160 credits to graduate . . . 159 credits for life experience. Maybe went to school for a week?


12 posted on 07/03/2014 6:15:09 PM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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To: Chickensoup

Dat be cold!


13 posted on 07/03/2014 6:42:25 PM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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To: Pilgrim's Progress

Dat be cold!

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Dat be true!


14 posted on 07/03/2014 6:45:02 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: tellw

Amen to that.


15 posted on 07/03/2014 7:13:07 PM PDT by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: nickcarraway

Even more impressive, she was captain of the cheerleading squad.


16 posted on 07/03/2014 7:29:26 PM PDT by Our man in washington
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Pet peeve, people psoting without giving a clue where the story is from.

Norfolk, Va. – There are fewer than 60 people living in the world who can say they are 110 years old or older.

The Gerontology Research Group which verifes supercentenarians (people who have attained the age of at least 110 years) notes on thier website that there are currently 73 verified supercentenarians. They point out that there maybe as many as 350 to 400 supercentenarians, but they have only verifed a portion of them.

I have some issue with their rate of verifcation, but the writer of the article did not check the large print to see that there actually 73 verfied supercentenarians, not less than 60.


17 posted on 07/03/2014 8:34:53 PM PDT by Steven Scharf
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Interestingly there are only two men on the list at this time and they are at 63 and 70 in seniority. Women clearly live to a super old age over men.


18 posted on 07/03/2014 8:37:20 PM PDT by Steven Scharf
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I just noticed that Lela is in the pending cases section, so she is not even one of the 73 verifed. And she would be last on the list.

GRG has Gertrude Weaver F 30 April 1898 116 years, 64 days United States also in the pending who would be the second oldest living person if verfied.


19 posted on 07/03/2014 8:43:01 PM PDT by Steven Scharf
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Well, it was reported by radio or T.V. station WTKR. From that we may infer it was east of the Mississippi River.

I'd like to see proof of her age.

20 posted on 07/03/2014 10:51:53 PM PDT by Graybeard58 ( What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? 1 Cor. 13, V.36)
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To: Steven Scharf

Interestingly, the GRG verfied Gertrede Weaver’s age today (although I am dubious of the timing since they don’t know her exact birthday).

THV11 TV

At 116, Arkansas woman named oldest American

12:49 p.m. CDT July 4, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Using newly analyzed Census records, researchers have confirmed that a south Arkansas woman is now the oldest living American and second-oldest person in the world.

Gertrude Weaver is celebrating her 116th birthday Friday at her Camden nursing home. At the festivities this week, the Gerontology Research Group named Weaver the oldest living American, supplanting 115-year-old Jeralean Talley, who was born in 1899.

The research group, which consults for the Guinness Book of World Records, says the 1900 Census listed Weaver as 2 years old - putting her birthday in 1898. Although no birth record exists for Weaver, she celebrates her birthday each year on July 4.

http://www.thv11.com/story/news/local/arkadelphia/2014/07/04/at-116-arkansas-woman-named-oldest-american/12218327/

Yesterday, they said there were 73 verfied and today with the addtion of one person, they are saying there are 72 verfied. Their list of deaths show the last death on 7/1/2014.

Anna Henderson Born 3/5/1900 in GA died 7/1/2014 in PA at 114 yr, 118 days. That would have put her 6th on the list at the time of death.


21 posted on 07/04/2014 1:56:47 PM PDT by Steven Scharf
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