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Nebraska woman celebrates 114th birthday

October 1, 2020 GMT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Thelma Sutcliffe is celebrating a birthday — her 114th.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that Sutcliffe was born Oct. 1, 1906, in what then was the town of Benson. The Gerontology Research Group says she is the oldest living resident of Nebraska, the fourth-oldest American and the 11th-oldest person on the planet.

Sutcliffe now lives at an assisted living facility in Omaha. Activities and volunteer coordinator Hannah Astarita said Sutcliffe is “doing fine” and enjoys phone visits with family and friends.

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Sutcliffe was married in 1924 at age 17. She and her husband, Bill, who died in the early 1970s, had no children. She worked for the War Department in the 1940s but otherwise didn’t work outside the home.

Longevity runs in the Sutcliffe family. Her sister lived to just short of her 107th birthday.