Thelma Sutcliffe
Thelma Sutcliffe
Sutcliffe at the age of 113 in 2019
Birth: 1 October 1906
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Age: 114 years, 112 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Thelma Sutcliffe (née Liesche; born 1 October 1906) is an American supercentenarian who holds the record as the oldest person ever documented from the U.S. state of Nebraska. Her age has validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Thelma Sutcliffe was born in Benson, Omaha, Nebraska, on 1 October 1906 to August and Maude (née Adams) Liesche. On 3 September 1924, at the age of 17, she married Bill Sutcliffe in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The couple had no children, and were married until Bill died in the early 1970s. Sutcliffe has survived two bouts of breast cancer over the course of her life.

At the time of her 110th birthday in 2016, Sutcliffe lived in a residential apartment in Omaha, Nebraska. She reportedly exercised every morning, did her own laundry, and played bridge several times a week. In 2017, Sutcliffe moved in to an assisted living facility in Omaha. She celebrated her 114th birthday in October 2020. Sutcliffe's sister, Marie Kelso (1904-2011), lived to the age of 106.

Longevity Records

At the time of her 110th birthday in 2016, Sutcliffe was the oldest known person living in Nebraska. Currently, she is the second-oldest validated living person in the whole of the United States, after Hester Ford. Following the death of Minnie Whicker on 22 October 2020, Sutcliffe entered the top ten oldest validated living people in the world and became last remaining validated American born in 1906.

On 14 April 2020, Sutcliffe became Nebraska's all-time longevity record-holder after surpassing the previous record of 113 years, 195 days set by Helen Stetter. Additionally, upon reaching the age of 113 years, 328 days on 24 August 2020, Sutcliffe became the oldest person ever born in Nebraska, surpassing the age of Clara Huhn.

Sutcliffe's sister, Marie Kelso (12 June 1904 – 8 March 2011), lived to the age of 106 years, 269 days. With a combined age of 221 years, 16 days, the sisters are one of the oldest pair of siblings ever recorded.



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