Edith ‘Edie’ Recagno Keenan Ceccarelli was born on Feb. 5, 1908, making her the second-oldest person on the planet

Edith “Edie” Recagno Keenan Ceccarelli FOX8

California woman is set to make history as the oldest documented living person in the U.S.

Edith “Edie” Recagno Keenan Ceccarelli is gearing up for her 116th birthday next week, and according to the Gerontology Research Group , this makes her the oldest living person in the country.

The Willits, California native, will celebrate with a drive-by parade organized by her community, which has celebrated her birthday for the past few years, making it a community tradition.

Ceccarelli was born on Feb. 5, 1908, making her the second-oldest person on the planet, trailing behind 116-year-old Maria Branyas of Spain, per the Guinness Book of World Records .

The almost 116-year-old was born and raised in Willits, which has a rather small population of 4,988 and she’s lived there her entire life. She is the oldest of seven children and has outlived them all, FOX 8 reported .

Friends and family are expecting a crowded turnout for Ceccarelli’s birthday celebration.

“I think it’s going to be very well attended,” Evelyn Perisco, one of Ceccarelli’s relatives told the outlet. “Hard to put a number on it, but last year it went for a couple of hours.”

Perisco married into Ceccarelli’s family as her husband, Lee Perisco, and his brother, Charles Perisco, are Ceccarelli’s second cousins.

“She would ask, ‘Why am I still here? I don’t understand it,’ and I said, ‘Edie, God has a plan for you,’” Perisco told the outlet. “My conclusion? I just feel she’s God’s chosen one.”