‘Edie’ Ceccarelli, USA’s oldest person, to celebrate 116th birthday

Editor’s note: Edith “Edie” Recagno Keenan Ceccarelli died Feb. 22 – more than two weeks after her 116th birthday. At 114, Elizabeth Francis is now the oldest person in America.

The oldest person in the U.S. is about to celebrate her 116th birthday.

Edith “Edie” Recagno Keenan Ceccarelli lives in northern California, in the small town of Willits and she’s the second-oldest person on Earth, according to the Gerontology Research Group.

She’ll mark another year around the sun on Feb. 5. The town of Willits celebrates her birthday annually, and will commemorate her 116 years on Sunday, Feb. 4, with a parade.

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