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BIOGRAPHY

Cooke was born in Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on 5 January 1906. She grew up in Malvern.

At some point, she married Keith Cooke. The couple traveled around the world many times. In 1950s and 1960s they spent 6 months in Europe and trips to Lebanon, United States, Persia, Iran and Pakistan.

At the age of 92, she moved into a nursing home. When asked about the secret of her longevity, according to Yahoo News, she attributed it to: “No smoking, no drinking and, above all, a brilliant zest for life.”

Cooke passed away at the residential retirement home BlueCross Cresthaven in East Malvern, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on 1 September 2017, at the age of 111 years, 239 days. She was survived by her sons, Lyell (aged 85), and John (aged 72), four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

(Partially sourced from Gerontology Wiki)

RECOGNITION

On 2 January 2017, following the death of 111-year-old Mary Whitehurst, she became the oldest living person in Australia.

Her age was verified by Stefan Maglov, assisted by LQ CEO, Ben Meyers, and validated by LongeviQuest on 22 March 2023.

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