Skydiving Grandmother, 81, Checks Off Another Wish on Bucket List

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 01:16 PM

By Angela Deines

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An 81-year-old Kansas grandmother got a late Mother’s Day gift on Sunday and was able to cross something off her bucket list:  Janice Conner jumped out of a plane and went skydiving.

"We've been discussing my bucket list and this is one thing I've always wanted to do. So for Mother's Day, the kids decided they were going to pay for me to go skydiving," Conner of Hutchinson told KWCH-TV, the Wichita, Kansas, CBS affiliate.

Martin Myrtle, owner of Air Capital Drop Zone, near Wichita, said the record for the oldest person to skydive at his site near Wichita is 84.

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"You have to be in relatively decent condition," said Myrtle. "So, someone in their 80s is pretty rare, but it happens every once in a while."

Before taking to the sky, Conner, who said she is a “great-great grandmother,” told the television station she got a little advice from one of her grandsons.

"Don't take your teeth with you," she said, laughing. "I have a partial plate. One grandson called me and said don't do that because he'd seen a cartoon of this lady flying and she'd lost her teeth."

When asked if she’d skydive again, Conner replied, “I doubt it.”

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