A 114-year-old Nebraska woman has become the oldest living person in America. Thelma Sutcliffe is also the seventh-oldest person in the world now, taking the title after Hester Ford passed away earlier this month at age 115, according to the Gerontology Research Group.
Thelma is a resident at a senior living center and she’s not a fan of the COVID restrictions they enforce to keep everyone safe and healthy. After a year of the pandemic, her longtime friend, Luella “Lou” Mason, says, “Thelma is as determined as ever to do what she wants to do.” So what does the oldest living person in the country want to do? She says what she wants most is to eat with her friend, Lou.
The senior living center still isn’t allowing visitors in the dining room, so Thelma has been taking all her meals in her room. And while her hearing and eyesight are fading, Lou says her mind is still “very sharp.” She also hasn’t lost her sense of humor in her golden years. Thelma got her COVID vaccination as soon as she could, but getting tested for the coronavirus? That’s a nonstarter. Lou says her pal took one look at the swab and said, “You’re not going to be sticking that thing up my nose. You can tell Lou to stick it up hers.”