Besse Cooper, World's Oldest Person, To Mark 115th Birthday In Georgia

Besse Cooper

First Posted: 08/26/11 09:34 AM ET Updated: 10/26/11 06:12 AM ET

MONROE, Ga. (AP/The Huffington Post) -- A birthday party is planned at a north Georgia nursing home for Besse Cooper, who's listed as the world's oldest person.

The Aug. 26 party will celebrate her 115th birthday.

Cooper was declared the world's oldest last January. In May, Guinness learned that Maria Gomes Valentin of Brazil was 48 days older. Valentin died June 21.

Cooper was born in Tennessee in 1896 and moved to Georgia during World War I to find employment as a teacher. She has 12 grandchildren and more than a dozen great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Her husband, Luther, died in 1963.