Bessie Hendricks celebrates 115th birthday, now oldest person in the US

An Iowa woman was recognized as the oldest living person in the US as she celebrated her 115th birthday on Monday.

Former schoolteacher Bessie Hendricks is also the fourth oldest living person in the world according to the Gerontology Research Group.

Hendricks commemorated her turn around the sun with a party at Shady Oaks Care Center in Lake City, where she lives, DeMoines ABC affiliate KCCI reported.

Bessie Hendricks
Hendricks turned 115 on Monday.

Hendricks celebrated the milestone with her family by her side.

The Iowa native celebrated her 115th with a party of Shady Oaks Care Center in Des Moines.

Its guest list included all three of the centenarian’s surviving children, including daughter Joan Schaffer, who celebrated her 90th birthday the previous day.

“I don’t know how you put it into words,” Schaffer told the outlet. “It’s marvelous that we still have her.”