Florilla Ames on her 110th birthday
|Birth:||17 March 1911|
Waterbury Center, Vermont, USA
|Age:||110 years, 132 days|
Florilla Ames was born in Stowe, Vermont on 17 March 1911, one of three children born to Ida and Arthur Perkins. At the age of 6 her parents purchased a parcel of land, they built a farm on the land, where Ames would spend the rest of her childhood.
During the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, all of her family fell ill with the disease, while her and her two siblings quickly recovered, her parents remained bedridden for weeks before recovering, Ames recalls a man from a nearby house staying at the farm, tending to all the animals and caring for her sick parents.
Ames married Darrell Ames, a farmer, in 1938. They met in Derby Lane, Vermont, where she worked as a teacher. When Darrell retired in 1976, they returned to Waterbury Center, Vermont, to live at the childhood home of Ames. Darrell died aged 94 in 2008, after 70 years of marriage, leaving Ames to live on her own.
Before her 110th birthday she received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination, making her one of the oldest people to receive the vaccine.
Ames still lives in her childhood home in Waterbury Center, Vermont at the age of 110 years, 122 days.
- Interview at 102 Youtube, 11 November 2013
- At 110, Florilla Ames is survivor of two pandemics Rutland Herald, 17 March 2021
- Vermont Centenarian Florilla Ames Recalls 1918 Pandemic Seven Days, May 13 2020