“She would talk about being an obedient child, and her mother telling her an obedient child would live a long life. She always tried to be an obedient child to her mother and God,” she went on to say.
The uncertainty over Hines’ age resulted from her birth certificate being delayed and issued in the 1940s, when Hines was already an adult.
According to recent Census Bureau data, the nation’s centenarian population has grown by 65.8 percent over the past thirty years. And while 82 percent of them are said to be female, the world’s oldest person is actually a man — 115-year-old Jiroemon Kimura of Japan.