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MONROE, GA -- A Georgia woman is now believed to be the oldest person in the world.

Besse Cooper of Monroe is 114 years and 5 months old.

The Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group, which certifies supercentenarians (people who are 110 or older), said Cooper became the world's oldest person after Eunice G. Sanborn of Jacksonville, TX, who previously held the title, died on Monday.

Cooper was born in Sullivan County, TN on Aug. 26, 1896, and moved to Georgia to be a school teacher during World War I. She has four children, about a dozen grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and even a great-great-grandchild.

Cooper said she thinks her new title is "rather great."

Another special Georgian turned 113 on Tuesday. Dr. Leila Denmark of Athens was America's oldest pediatrician and longest practicing doctor when she retired a decade ago at age 103, according to the website for a book she inspired, "Dr. Denmark Said It!" 

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