Thelma Sutcliffe has had fairly a number of birthdays, however her celebration on October 1, 2021, might be further particular. At 115 years outdated, Sutcliffe is the oldest American alive, because the Omaha World-Herald reviews.
The Omaha, Nebraska, native has held the excellence of being the oldest particular person within the U.S. since April 17, when the earlier record-holder Hester Ford handed away. This Friday marks her first birthday because the nation’s eldest resident. When Sutcliffe was born in 1906, Teddy Roosevelt was president, there have been 45 states within the Union, and ladies have been 14 years away from receiving the appropriate to vote.
Sutcliffe was raised on a farm by August and Maude Liesche, and he or she married postal employee Invoice Sutcliffe at age 17. They have been collectively till Invoice’s demise within the early Nineteen Seventies. She at the moment resides on the Brighton Gardens senior dwelling facility in Omaha, the place her longtime good friend Luella “Lou” Mason is ready to go to her at the very least as soon as every week.
Attributable to a lockdown triggered by optimistic COVID-19 assessments, Sutcliffe’s celebration might be restricted to workers members at Brighton Gardens. Based on Mason, that is the way in which her good friend likes it. “She has by no means wished any notoriety or consideration,” she advised the Omaha World-Herald. “I talked along with her a few weeks in the past about this birthday and he or she advised me, ‘We don’t want to speak about that.’”
Sutcliffe has a number of years to go earlier than claiming the title of the oldest American to ever stay. Sarah Knauss handed away in 1999 after dwelling to be 119 years outdated. Jeanne Calment of France holds the present world report for oldest particular person to ever stay at 122 on the time of her demise.
[h/t Omaha World-Herald]