Naomi Conner (Photo courtesy of David Ridley III)
MCGREGOR (August 30, 2013)—Naomi Conner, who’s the fifth oldest person in the world and the fourth oldest in the U.S., celebrated her 114th birthday Friday at Westview Manor nursing home in McGregor, where she’s lived since 2003.
She was born on August 30, 1899 in Warren in East Texas and has lived for the last 65 years in McGregor.
The year she was born, William McKinley was president, the term “automobile” was used for the first time, Bayer patented aspirin and the Brazos River flooded, inundating an estimated 12,000 square miles, killing more than 280 and causing as much as $10 million in damage.
On her 113th birthday, she described herself as “a little piece of leather, well put together.”
She has three children, 17 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren.
The oldest living person in the world is Misao Okawa who turned 115 on March 5 in Japan.
The oldest living person in the U.S. is Jeralean Talley, who turned 114 on May 23 in Inkster, Mich.