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Sarah Knauss

Born September 24, 1880 - Died December 30, 1999

World's Oldest Person Dies at 119

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Sarah Knauss, listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's oldest person, died Thursday at the age of 119, according to a spokeswoman at the Allentown nursing home where she lived.

Knauss, who was 28 when Henry Ford introduced the Model T in 1908, apparently died of natural causes at about 3 p.m., said Marcella Moyer Schick, executive director of the Pheobe-Devitt Homes Foundation.

Knauss, who was born Sept. 24, 1880, and lived a quiet life as a homemaker and insurance office manager, found herself in the international spotlight after the Guinness Book of Records declared her the world's oldest person in 1998 upon the death of Marie-Louise Febronie Meilleur of Quebec, who was 117. `

`Sarah was an elegant lady and worthy of all the honor and adulation she has received,'' said Joseph Hess, an administrator at the nursing home.

(ęCopyright 1999 Associated Press)

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