Eudora woman becomes the oldest registered voter at 106-years-old

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EUDORA, Ark. (KTVE/KARD) — While thousands are still preparing to return their absentee ballots, one woman in Eudora, Arkansas, says she’s already taken care of hers.

Ms. Ida Newbill is the oldest registered voter in Chicot County. She just celebrated her 106th birthday on October 14th.

“How can I live to be 106 like you,” KTVE reporter, Gabrielle Phifer asked. “I don’t know,” Newbill giggled.

Ms. Newbill doesn’t remember much about past elections, but she does know she was unmatched in the kitchen.

Her daughter and other family members help take care of her now but once upon a time, she enjoyed cooking. She said some of her favorite dishes were chicken, greens and cabbage.

Newbill is a member of New Shiloh Baptist Church and is considered one of the “mothers” of that congregation. She once sang in the choir and was the assistant secretary when she was able to attend services.

Newbill was raised up going to Sunday School. Even after she married, she says she was still interested in going to sunday and school church and hasn’t missed a beat.

“Oh yeah, I read my bible. Sometimes the letters get tied up together. That’s what I understand. It makes me feel good,” Newbill said.

She also radiates while gazing out the window as she sits in her chair.

“I can’t walk or nothing but I can look out the window,” she said. “That helps me to stay alive. I just pull that curtain back and I get to look. I have to move from one place to the other by my daughter in the wheelchair. Other than that, I have a pretty good mind sometimes.”

The family says Newbill has been living in Eudora for almost 75 years. She has four children.

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