MORGANTON, NC (WBTV) - Ruby Clodfelter is often referred to as "the gem of Grace Ridge Retirement Community" in Morganton. July 26th marks 111 birthdays under her belt.
This is also the first year Clodfelter celebrates her birthday with the distinction of being the oldest living woman in North Carolina. When asked how that new title feels, Clodfelter responded, "It feels great, great to be alive," she finished with a chuckle, "never in my wildest dreams did I think I would live to be this age."
While it is not as uncommon as it once was for people to live past the age of 100, it's less common for people to live that long without serious health complications.
Clodfelter has relatively few. According to her 78-year-old nephew Don, her hearing is nearly perfect, as is her vision and the rest of her health. "Her memory is better than mine, both short-term and long-term," her nephew said.
Just this past year, Clodfelter moved into the assisted living community at Grace Ridge in Morganton, but still lives for the most part, by herself. She spends much of her time keeping up with NASCAR races and in particular, her favorite driver Tony Stewart.
Clodfelter says her secrets to a long and healthy life are; consuming Coca-Cola about once a week, and a quote that she says she'll take to her grave, "Be good. Be good to everybody and treat them like to want to be treated."