The world's oldest living person -- American Besse Cooper -- turned 116 years young this week.

The uber centenarian's birthday was marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony dedicating a recently completed bridge in her hometown of Monroe, Ga., in her honor, according to Guinness World Records.

Born in Tennessee in 1896, Cooper moved to Monroe while looking for work as a teacher during World War I.

She married her husband, Luther, in 1924, and they had four children. She now has 12 grandchildren and more than a dozen great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, according to Guinness.

Cooper was first named the world's oldest living person in January 2011, but had to relinquish the title for several months after it was discovered that Brazilian-born Maria Gomes Valentim  was 48 days older, The Huffington Post reported.

When Valentim died in June 2011, Cooper re-claimed the title.

Her secrets to long life are pretty simple: "I mind my own business. And I don't eat junk food."