The oldest person in the US turns 114
The oldest person in the United States turned 114 on Saturday.
Alelia Murphy entered the world in 1905. She was born in North Carolina, one of 12 children in her family. She moved to Harlem, New York in the 1920s and raised two kids on her own after her husband passed away in 1953.
Murphy's son pre-deceased her but her daughter, Rose Green -- old enough to be retired -- was a part of the celebrations over the weekend.
Those celebrations also included a proclamation from New York State Sen. Brian Benjamin. He announced that the supercentenarian's July 6 birthday will be known in Harlem as "Alelia Murphy Appreciation Day." The supercentenarian title is typically reserved for people 110 years of age or older.
"We ask her, 'Grandma, you been here for a very long time?' and she said, 'I'm here because you all don't know how to live, I'm here to teach you all how to live and things to do!'" Murphy's granddaughter, Nefer Nekhet, told WPIX-TV in New York.
Mrs. Murphy's secret to living a long life? "Trust in God and be a good person," she said.
There's only seven other people in the world known to be older than her, so it must be easier said than done.