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Lorna Best sets record for province's longevity title

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It’s official: Lorna Best is now the oldest person ever to have been born in Manitoba.

Just after the stroke of midnight earlier today, Best — who now lives in Victoria, B.C. — passed Manitoban Mary Ann Scoles on the Canadian longevity list.

Scoles died on July 23, 2007, at the age of 110 years and 210 days and now Best has bested her by one day and is now 110 years and 211 days old.

But for Best herself, today is no different than any other day.

"It’s nothing special," she said by phone from Victoria.

"It’s just another day. It’s not like when it’s a birthday — and that’s not until July."

Best was born and lived the first 80 years of her life in Gilbert Plains. She moved to Victoria 30 years ago to be closer to family.

Best does still have a way to go to become the oldest living Canadian.

Currently Merle Barwis, who was born in the United States and lives in B.C., is the oldest at 113 years, 39 days, while in second spot is Adea Pellerin-Cormier, born and still living in New Brunswick, at age 112 and 142 days.

kevin.rollason@freepress.mb.ca

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