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How old were Henrietta's oldest (Lawrence) and youngest (Joe) children when their mother died in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks?

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Henrietta Lacks was born on August 1, 1920. She died on October 4, 1951, at the age of thirty-one. By the time of her death, Henrietta Lacks was a mother of five children. The names of her children, from oldest to youngest, are Lawrence, Elsie, David, Deborah, and Joe. Lawrence was born in the year 1935. That would make him sixteen years old when his mother died. Elsie was born in 1939, so she was twelve when Henrietta died. David was born in 1947, and that puts him at the age of four when his mother died. Deborah was born in 1949, so she was right around two...

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