WATCH: Skydiving granny, 92, flies over the Ozarks
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - 92-year-old Ann Burd is a native of Buffalo, New York, but has lived in Willow Springs since the early 1970′s. Her husband has passed away. She is the matriarch of a family that includes eight children, 22 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren is still going strong.
It’s a family that loves to do things together like whitewater rafting or trips to Yellowstone. This past weekend while eating breakfast together, Ann’s grandson James announced he was taking his wife Andrea skydiving for her birthday.
“We got an unexpected response,” said James Simandl.
“I said, ‘Well, I’d like to do that,’” the 92-year-old grandma responded.
“I was in shock,” James recalled. “But she’s lived her life, and she gets to do whatever she wants.”
“I was not surprised,” Andrea chimed in. “She is up for anything.”
“We almost tried to talk her out of it,” said her daughter Cindi Breidt.
“I think everybody should experience something where they can say, ‘Yeah, I did that!’” Ann said in explaining why she decided to give skydiving a try.
So with their 92-year-old granny leading the way, six family members went off in the wild blue yonder, where the only hitch came when it was time for Ann to jump out of the plane.
“Well, I couldn’t get my legs out,” Ann said with a laugh. “They had to push and shove me before I could get out.”
But once they were out?
“You really get that adrenaline rush when you first jump,” Cindi said.
“It happens so fast, and you’re above the clouds first,” Ann added. “I’m a believer in angels, so I felt like I was up there with the angels. I said a little prayer, but there was no fear.”
“I screamed just a fun scream,” James said. “It was a war cry for about 30 seconds or more because I felt free.”
“I thought it would be a lot scarier, but it was very calm,” Andrea said. “It felt safe.”
Ann recalled how much she appreciated the chance to see the world from a different perspective.
“The patchwork quilt of all the fields,” she said.
Ann had a nice, smooth landing.
“But at my age, I couldn’t get up,” she laughed.
And the neatest part of all?
“We got to do it all together as a family,” Cindi said.
“She’s a legend now,” James said of his grandmother. “She was the first one to jump in the plane and the first one to jump out of it. Always up for the adventure.”
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