110-Year-Old Veteran, Emma “Big Mama” Didlake, Died

emma didlakeThe nation’s oldest known living veteran, Emma Didlake, affectionately known as “Big Mama”, died Sunday at the age of 110. Only just a few short weeks after meeting President Obama during a trip to Washington, D.C–one of her many wishes fulfilled in her old age.

“It was a month ago today that we went to the White House, a month ago today,” Didlake’s granddaughter Marilyn Horne told the San Antonio Express News. “I think she felt she had accomplished everything and could take her rest.”

In July 2015, President Obama hosted Didlake, a veteran of World War II, in the Oval Office during her honor flight trip to Washington, D.C. Pictures of the meeting quickly went viral.