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East Texas Woman Now Oldest Living Person

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JACKSONVILLE (AP) - A 114-year-old East Texas woman could now be the oldest person in the world.

The Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group and London-based Guinness Records say Eunice G. Sanborn of Jacksonville has gained that distinction since the Thursday death of 114-year-old nun Eugenie Blanchard. Blanchard died on the French Caribbean island of St. Barts.

The groups say Sanborn was born July 20, 1896, in Louisiana. Blanchard’s birth date was Feb. 16, 1896.

Dr. L. Stephen Coles of the Gerontology Research Group tells The Associated Press that he spoke to Sanborn’s family Thursday and “she’s doing well.”

Sanborn moved to Texas in 1937 and has outlived three husbands and one elderly daughter. She told the Tyler Morning Telegraph in April that she loves everything about her life and has “no complaints.”

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