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Nebraska woman celebrates 115th birthday

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Posted at 9:55 AM, Oct 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-03 10:57:11-04

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska woman who is believed by many to be the oldest living American has celebrated her 115th birthday.

Our partners at the Omaha World-Herald reported that 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 17 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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