Sweeter sixteen: Miss Susie, world’s oldest person, turns 116

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She’s the only living person whose life has spanned three centuries.

Susannah Mushatt “Miss Susie” Jones — the world’s oldest person — celebrated her 116th birthday on July 7. The hendecagenarian, who was born in 1899, marked the milestone surrounded by friends and family at the Vandalia Houses in East New York, where she has lived since 1983.

“I thank the Lord for the love I receive from my family,” she said.

Jones is the last surviving of 11 siblings, and a slew of extended family came out to wish her a happy 116th, one party organizer said.

“She had a lot of nieces and nephews and friends, and everybody was there to make the celebration really good,” said Vandalia property manager Edith Akins-John.

Her birthday cake featured icing recreations of a beloved red dress and two favorite foods — barbecue chicken and strips of bacon. A true southerner at heart, the Alabama-born Brooklynite eats bacon and grits for breakfast every morning, a Vandalia caretaker said.

She became the oldest living person on June 17.

The secret to her longevity? She never smoked, drank, or partied — and she never had kids, Jones said.

But she was married and divorced well before she retired in 1965. She outlived her ex-husband, but isn’t sure what did him in, she said.

“We married in 1928, I think,” she said. “He wasn’t a mean person. He was a very good cook. But I don’t know what happened to him.”

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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