Saturday, April 17, 2010

Gertrude Baines, 115, world's oldest person, OSU housekeeper

Gertrude Baines, the world's oldest person, who was 115 when she died Friday, September 11, 2009, at one time worked as a dormitory housekeeper at The Ohio State University.

She was born April 6, 1894, in Shellman, Ga., and lived in Hartford, Conn., when the 1920 census was taken. Baines later moved to Ohio and lived in the Columbus area before retiring from Ohio State. She spent her final years in Los Angeles, Calif.

In November 2008, at age 114, Baines, whose father was believed to have been born into slavery, famously cast her vote for Barack Obama to become the first black president of the United States. The moment was recorded on video.

Read more about Gertrude Baines in obituaries published by Los Angeles Times and Associated Press.

This obituary was originally posted on on Sept. 11, 2009.

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