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I don't know what Mamie Rearden of South Carolina eats, but whatever she eats it keeps the body in the state of life for a very long time. To be exact, for 114 years. With her age she had set the record for the oldest living US citizen for about two weeks after the passing of 115-year-old Dina Manfredini of Iowa. Mamie Rearden died on Wednesday at a hospital in Augusta, Ga., said Sara Rearden of Burtonsville, Md., and Janie Ruth Osborne of Edgefield. They said their mother broke her hip after a fall about three weeks ago. So she didn't die of old age but an injury she suffered, therefore Mamie probably had a few more years in the bag.

Mamie Rearden was just a year behind the world's oldest living person, 115-year-old Jiroemon Kimura of Japan.

Mamie Rearden, who was married to her husband Oacy for 59 years until his death in 1979, raised 11 children, 10 of whom survive, Sara Rearden said. She lived in the family homestead with a son and a daughter on land that had been in the family since her father's accumulation of acreage made him one of the area's largest black landowners.



Her father sent her off to earn a teaching certificate at Bettis Academy on the far side of the county, spending an entire day on a loaded wagon to reach the school along dirt roads, her daughter said. She taught for several years until becoming pregnant with her third child.

In the mid-1960s at age 65, when some settled into retirement, she learned to drive a car for the first time and started volunteering for an Edgefield County program that had her driving to the end of remote rural roads to find children whose parents were keeping them home from school, Sara Rearden said.

Mamie Rearden always counseled that her children should treat others as they wanted to be treated and that included never gossiping or speaking ill of others. When asked about a preacher's uninspiring sermon, her daughter recalled her mother saying: "`Well, it came from the Bible.' She never would bad-mouth them."

Information courtesy Huffington Post.