114-year-old Minnesota Woman who Challenged Facebook's Age Policy Dies
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The 114-year-old woman who shot to fame for challenging Facebook's age policy died in Minnesota on Sunday.

Anna Stoehr had challenged the social networking site after Facebook wouldn't let her list her real age. She died in her sleep after spending several days in the hospital, according to her son Harlan Stoehr.

Previously this year, KARE-TV reported about her bid to join Facebook and the problem she was facing while creating an account on the social networking site. She finally entered her age as 99. The case immediately drew national attention and Stoehr shot to fame.

Facebook was not allowing Stoehr to enter a birth year before 1905. KARE-TV further stated that the woman had also written to the company saying, "I'm still here".

Facebook responded to her letter by sending her a bouquet of 114 flowers for her most recent birthday, her son Harlan said.

Anna Stoehr was born in Iowa in 1900. Her family moved to Wisconsin and South Dakota from Iowa before settling in Ridgeway, Minnesota, in 1919. Harlan said that his mother lived with her family in Minnesota for the rest of her life.

Senior database administrator Robert Young of the Gerontology Research Group, which is responsible for tracking the world's longest-living people, states that Stoehr was Minnesota's oldest and the country's seventh-oldest verified resident.

Young said that living up to "114 is extremely rare", but what is most amazing about Stoehr is that at this age too she was willing to try new things like social media and smartphones. She was recently gifted an iPad by her 85-year-old son, who bought a smartphone recently and wanted to communicate with his mother.

Harlan said that his mother's senses remained sharp till the end. He, in good humour, added that when he saw her just a week ago, "it was like she was 112 again," The Guardian reports.