NC Oldest Woman Turns 114

By: Brittany Gunter
By: Brittany Gunter

Melinda Harris of New Bern turned 114 May 4th. Her friends and family gathered Saturday to celebrate.

The party was held at the Good Shepard Home for the Aged in New Bern.

Many believe she is the oldest woman in the United States.

Harris’ family says the retired beautician and business owner was born on May 4th, 1896.

Her family says the 114-year-old has never taken any medicine until recently due to blood pressure problems. Harris is in good health according to her doctor.

Harris is a native of Windsor.


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  • by margarita on May 14, 2010 at 06:17 AM
    happy belated birthday and i hope you many many more
  • by BJ Location: Duplin County on May 10, 2010 at 12:00 PM
    Happy Belated Birthday to Mrs.Harris. You are a true inspiration to all. Many can learn from her. No medicine until recently!! That is amazing. God Bless!!
  • by Anonymous on May 10, 2010 at 11:09 AM
    Awesome story! Happy Birtday Ms. Harris!
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on May 10, 2010 at 10:49 AM
    Happy 114th Birthday! It is a major accomplishment in itself to live to be that long. Congratgulations!
  • by Blessed Location: Berite County on May 10, 2010 at 07:19 AM
    I want to wish Ms. Harris a Happy 114th Birthday. This is a true blessing and I can only hope and pray that I will live to be the same age.
  • by Mother of 2 Location: Washington on May 10, 2010 at 07:06 AM
    I hope she had a great birthday and a wonderful Mother's Day.
  • by Endurance Swimmer Location: Greenville on May 9, 2010 at 10:36 PM
    I want to wish Ms. Harris a happy bd also. My bd is on May 4th too! I agree with Anon at 8:40, all babies born on May 4th are great!!
  • by Holy Cow Location: Duplin County on May 9, 2010 at 05:04 PM
    Happy Birthday~!! May you have many, many more. The Lord has blessed you..........I am sure you have seen many changes in your lifetime and would love to hear some of your comments on today's "young folks". I hear my parents talking and they are only in their early 70's......
  • by Anonymous on May 9, 2010 at 02:24 PM
    I hope someone woke her up for the party
  • by KB Location: Williamston on May 9, 2010 at 12:10 PM
    You go girl!! Happy Birthday. You must truly be an awesome lady!
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