Maria Aulenbacher, a resident of Travelers Rest, just celebrated her 110th birthday. Photo provided.

A Travelers Rest resident recently celebrated her 110th birthday.

Maria Aulenbacher, who was born on Nov. 7, 1909, lived in Germany until January 2011 when her last sibling passed away. At the age of 101, she moved to South Carolina.

Family members believe Aulenbacher, who is known to family members as Omi, may be the oldest living resident of South Carolina. She celebrated her birthday Nov. 9 at The Cliffs at Glassy clubhouse.

According to family members, she loves the Blue Ridge Mountains and often tells people the mountains of South Carolina remind her of Germany. Her life story is one of perseverance and determination: She survived World War I and II in Germany, was widowed at the age of 36 and raised two small children with the help of family.

Aulenbacher lives with her daughter and son-in-law in Travelers Rest, where she enjoys reading, spending time with family and attending her great-grandson’s weekly soccer games in Greenville.

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