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Nebraska Woman Is Thought To Be Oldest Person In America

Thelma Sutcliffe shown on her 110th birthday in 2016. She is now 115 years old, the country’s oldest person.

(KFOR NEWS  October 4, 2021)   (AP) – A Nebraska woman who is believed by many to be the oldest living American has celebrated her 115th birthday.

The Omaha World-Herald reports Thelma Sutcliffe marked her birthday quietly on Friday at the facility where she lives in Omaha.  Sutcliffe was born Oct. 1, 1906, in Benson, Nebraska (now part of Omaha).  She married at age 17.  Her husband died in the early 1970s.

The Gerontology Research Group says Sutcliffe became the nation’s oldest living person on April 17th when Hester Ford died in North Carolina at age 115.

The oldest person in the world is believed to be 118-year-old Kane Tanaka of Japan.

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