America’s oldest person, Omahan Thelma Sutcliffe, will quietly celebrate his 115th birthday on Friday.
And that’s how she wants it.
Sutcliffe, who was born October 1, 1906, doesn’t like to be fussed about. She will get up, as she always does, at 5 a.m. With the help of staff at Brighton Gardens, near 93rd Street and Western Avenue, she will don one of her many colorful outfits.
“She takes care of her appearance,” said longtime friend Luella “Lou” Mason of Omaha. “There is no seating space in the sheets. Thelma wants to be dressed everyday – very particular about how she looks. “
Only Brighton Gardens staff will attend his birthday party, as the facility is closed due to positive COVID-19 tests. Barring other setbacks, Mason will be able to see his friend again on October 9.
Sutcliffe was born in Benson, Nebraska (before he was part of Omaha) to August and Maude (née Adams) Liesche, who owned a farm. At the age of 17, she married Bill Sutcliffe, who worked for the US Postal Service.
He loved golf and the couple loved to travel, Mason said. Sutcliffe called her wedding day the happiest day of her life, Mason said, and called her husband “her best friend.”