Oldest woman in the United States celebrates 116th birthday

July 5, 2014 at 3:03 PM ET

The United States wasn't the only one celebrating a milestone birthday Friday: Gertrude Weaver from south Arkansas turned 116, making her the oldest person in America and second oldest in the world. 

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The Gerontology Research Group, which analyzes U.S. Census records, awarded her the recognition. 

Gertrude Weaver
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Gertrude Weaver poses at Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center in Camden, Ark., a day before her 116th birthday.

She lives at the Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center in Camden and enjoyed some cake with a few other residents who attended the birthday bash. 

The Arkansas native married in 1915 and had four kids with husband. Three of Weaver's kids have died. She has one 93-year-old son who is still living. 

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Earlier this week, she told the Camden News the secret to her long life is trusting in God, hard work and loving everybody.

Video: Gertrude Weaver is the oldest confirmed American after celebrating her 116thbirthday Friday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.