Lincoln resident Thelma Chase dies at 107

Thelma Chase, the spunky 107-year-old Lincoln woman who captured the hearts of local television viewers in recent years, died Friday.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Thelma Chase, the spunky 107-year-old Lincoln woman who captured the hearts of local television viewers in recent years, died Friday.

Family members told Channel 8 Eyewitness News she died of a medical issue related to her age. She had just been released from the hospital and was able to be surrounded by family when she passed.

Channel 8 first introduced Thelma to the community in a story that aired in September of 2018, when she turned 105.

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Up until 2016, Thelma had been living on her own. She enjoyed gardening, puzzles and working out three times a week at Pure Barre.

For her 106th birthday, Thelma told Channel 8 her wish was to attend a Husker football game for the first time and to meet coach Scott Frost.

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“Oh yeah, I love watching the Huskers,” she said at the time.

Thelma’s son, Bob Chase, said his mom would always get excited when the team would play on TV.

“She claps every time the game is about to come on,” he said in 2019. “She ran away from dinner the other day with my sisters because the game was going to be on.”

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The story prompted several members of the community to offer Thelma and her son tickets to games. U-Stop ultimately provided them with box seats to that year’s game against Ohio State.

Not long after the game, the second part of Thelma’s wish came true. She and her family toured Memorial Stadium and got pictures with Frost.

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Thelma made headlines a third-time last year, becoming one of the oldest Lancaster County residents to vote in the election.

As for her secret to living such a long, full life? Her answer from that 2018 story:

“I keep active you know I  just don’t sit down. I do handwork like embroidery work and things but I don’t do it for hours and hours like all day or anything. I just do it for maybe a half-hour or hour and then I do something else, if that’s a recipe that’s what it is.”

Thelma’s family said funeral arrangements are in the works.

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