World’s oldest woman in Ho Chi Minh City dies aged 123

By Vu Phuong, Thanh Nien News

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A file photo shows Nguyen Thi Tru at her home in Ho Chi Minh City last year. Photo: Vu Phuong A file photo shows Nguyen Thi Tru at her home in Ho Chi Minh City last year. Photo: Vu Phuong

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Nguyen Thi Tru, believed to be the world’s oldest woman, passed away at her home in Ho Chi Minh City Tuesday, at 123.
Local officials said she died of natural causes due to her age. 
Her family said just before the day she died, she still could finish her meals and take her medicine without anyone’s help. Her mind was no longer very sharp though, they said.
Tru was born into a farming family in Long An Province. She migrated to the neighboring Saigon, present-day Ho Chi Minh City, after marriage and settled down in Binh Chanh District on the outskirts.
She was confirmed by the World Records Association as the oldest woman in April last year. The World Records Union gave her the same recognition a month after that.
Her secret, she once said, was to eat healthily, love people, and be helpful and easygoing.
Tru had 11 children. Nine of them have died, and the other two are now both above 80 years old. She is survived by 20 grandchildren and 50 great grandchildren.
The world’s oldest woman verified earlier, Japan’s Misao Okawa, passed away on April 1, 2015 at the age of 117.

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