CALIFORNIA: There apparently isn’t much that can slow down Edythe Kirchmaier. The 105-year-old California resident made headlines when she passed her driving test – continuing 86 years without a blemish on her driving record and maintaining her status as the state’s oldest living driver.
“I just couldn’t imagine myself without a car,” Kirchmaier told FoxNews.com. “It just didn’t feel very good.”
And that’s far from the only bit of notoriety to crop up recently in Kirchmaier’s life. Facebook has declared her its most senior user, she’s the University of Chicago’s oldest living former student, last week she appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show to celebrate her birthday and she has been a volunteer with the Direct Relief International (DRI) organization for 40 years.
To honor Kirchmaier, who says she wants to use her age milestone to help inspire volunteer efforts around the world, DRI set up a Facebook app where her fans can light a virtual candle to help celebrate her 105th birthday. The page includes a short video narrated by “Glee” actress Jane Lynch and has been making the rounds on social media circles, referenced by celebrities and other notable individuals, including Victoria Justice, Ricki Martin journalist Nick Kristof and the musical band Depeche Mode.
Kirchmaier reportedly drives herself to DRI each week, where she leads a team of volunteers.
“I think I’m a pretty good driver,” Kirchmaier told Fox. “I feel safe about getting my driver’s license renewed because I’ve never had an accident.”