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Thelma Sutcliffe, America’s oldest person, dies at 115

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Thelma Sutcliffe, America’s oldest person, dies at 115

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Thelma Sutcliffe, America’s oldest person, died on Monday, her longtime friend said.

Born October 1, 1906 in Omaha, Nebraska, Sutcliffe was 115 years and 108 days old at the time of her death.

Luella “Lou” Mason said her friend was in hospice care when she died.

“She passed away very peacefully. It was just about time,” she told the Omaha World-Herald.

The Gerontology Research Group of Los Angeles, a worldwide organization of researchers in the field of gerontology, also confirmed Sutcliffe’s death.

Sutcliffe became the oldest person in the United States on April 17, 2021, Robert Young, director of the Gerontology Research Group’s Supercentenarians Research and Database Division, told NBC News during an interview. a phone interview on Friday. In October, she was the fifth oldest person in the world, he said.

The supercentenarian had celebrated her 115th birthday at her residence, the Brighton Gardens of Omaha senior living facility, last October, the World-Herald reported.

Following Sutcliffe’s death, Maria Branyas Morera, born in California on March 4, 1907 and currently living in Spain, is now the oldest American-born person in the world. However, Young said, “I’m not entirely sure whether she decided to keep her American citizenship or not.”

Young said Sutcliffe was known within her organization for her “positive attitude towards life”.

Noting that she had survived cancer twice in her life, he said Sutcliffe never seemed “to worry about anything”.

“I think she just had a positive attitude about life,” he said.


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