Nina Rust says she's "a tough old owl" who feels pretty good at age 110, though not quite up to the elephant ride she took to mark her 99th birthday.
"No, I don't think I'll ride an elephant," Rust said while celebrating her birthday Tuesday at a nursing home in Roseburg, Ore.Two weeks ago, Rust moved into the Mercy Care Center, where she's the oldest resident. For 36 years, she had lived with one of her 12 children.
After the elephant ride 11 years ago at Wildlife Safari in Winston, Rust celebrated her centennial with her first airplane ride.
Rust was born in a sod house in 1881 in Hainesville, Neb. She recalled a tomboy childhood helping her father pull logs for fuel out of the Missouri River.
Ten of her 12 children survive, as do 36 grandchildren, 86 great-grandchildren, 80 great-great-grandchildren and four great-great-great-grandchildren.
"I don't mind getting old," Rust said. "I'm a tough old owl."