A woman who spent nearly the first 100 years of her life in Duluth before moving to Chicago and living 11 more years died on Sunday.

Lillian Joelson moved from Russia to the U.S. at age 13 and settled in Duluth a few years later. She lived in three centuries, and for decades ran Joelson's Family Store on Fourth Street near St. Mary's Hospital.

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Joelson's nephew, Richard Aleskow, said she died of natural causes while living in a nursing home on Chicago's north side.

"She wasn't sick a day. She finally just gave up," Aleskow said. "She died with a smile on her face. Maybe she knew something we didn't."

Aleskow said he believed that at age 111, Joelson was one of the oldest people in the world.

Aleskow said Joelson's funeral will be in Duluth, but he had not yet made the arrangements Sunday.