BNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3197 posts, RR: 11 Posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 893 times:
Another one of those weird surveys, How old is your oldest relative.
Last night attended my grandmothers 96th birthday, maybe I could live until I am that old. I am hoping she makes it to 100 so she might get a telegram from the Queen. Say no to a republic until after 2007. Hope the Queen doesn't die first.
Westjet_737 From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 869 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 839 times:
My Uncle is 95...Sadly he is very incoherant and has lost pretty much all of his short-term memory. The only things he remembers are from 1910-1950, sharp as a tack there. He also talks alot about naked women but that is another story...
N312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2684 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 825 times:
My great aunt, born in October 1912 to dirt poor polish immigrants in Detroit. Oldest of 7 children. She's still sharp as a whip and has lived all 90 of her years here in Detroit. Her father (my great grandfather) died when she was 15, so she quit school and lied about her age to work at General Motors in a Stamping Plant (making parts for LaSalles), she was kicked out when they found out, let her back in a year later, and she retired in 1978 with full benefits from General Motors (which they still pay out today, including full health insurance). She lives with her sister (my other great aunt) in Dearborn now. They still get around and manage to make it to Windsor, ON at least once a week to play bingo.
Great cook too!
Other interesting facts:
She never married.
Last automobile she drove was a Ford Model T back in the 20's.. she crashed it in the alley behind their house and swore off driving for the rest of her life.
NDSchu777 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 419 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 812 times:
The oldest relative to live in my family was my great-grandpa. He was born in 1896 and died in 1999 (on my birthday :-( ) at the ripe old age of 102. Although he was physically a little slow getting around, mentally, he was with right to the end. I remember a lot of his stories from when he was growing up, like when he was taking pilot's ground school with the Naval Air Corps during WWI. The war ended before he actually flew. He talked about how he learned how to sew the canvas of the wings and fuselage of a plane and how while he was in school the latest and greatest aviation breakthrough was the use of sheet metal on planes. After the war he became a traveling sales men and on one trip drove a Model T Ford from Wisconsin all the way out to California back in the days when there wasn't much of a national highway system. He was a very interesting man, very kind, and I miss him a lot!
RayPettit From United Kingdom, joined May 2002, 608 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 808 times:
My dad's eldest sister died last month at 96, but he still has two other elder sisters going strong, including my oldest relative aged 92 - my dad is a mere 85. Their mother died aged 106 so maybe that explains it.
Its strange to think when my grandama died aged 106 in 1983, I had been working for 13 years, yet seeing her husband shortly before he died back in 1958 remains my earliest memory (I was 4). So in the timespan between my hardly knowing how to spell many words to my being an experienced accountant, my grandmother had to live without the man she married. What a thought....