Omaha woman turns 110

Posted at 3:26 PM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 17:59:12-04

An Omaha woman is Nebraska's oldest living resident, and she doesn't show signs of slowing down.

Thelma Sutcliffe is spending her Tuesday going through a basket of birthday cards. She celebrated her 110th birthday on Saturday. This durable lady was born in 1906 in the Benson neighborhood, long before it was a part of Omaha. Teddy Roosevelt was president.

"I was born and raised on a farm, where the Omaha Country Club is today. That's where our farm is. They had at least, we did, 160 acres of all kinds, raised everything," she recalled.

Sutcliffe is sharp. She loves her weekly bridge games, reading and doing her daily crossword.

"If pressed, she'll impishly confess to her secret to longevity: that she never had children, and she likes a little whiskey now and then," Thelma's friend and bridge buddy Steve Paschang said. 

Most of all, she loves life and says she doesn't worry much. At her age-why would you?

"They ask me what's your secret? But I don't have a secret. I'm just lucky."