"I have already told them that if I go splat, don't mourn for me," she said. "I told my kids, if I don't survive this, don't cry. And remember that I died doing something I really wanted to do, and I'd rather go that way than waste away in a nursing home."-- Sue Blackwood, about her skydiving the day after her 80th birthdayRead Full Story
The Springfield News Sun reported the following: "I'm not the least bit nervous," she said, bounding outside to join dozens of friends and family members who waited for her under a sunny, cloudless sky. Between hugs, they watched other jumpers float down to the ground under colorful parachutes. Blackwood jumped up and down with excitement as she joked about her plans to yell "Geronimo!" and "Shakah!" — that's "Hang loose!" in Hawaiian — as she fell from the plane.Read Full Story
On a Sunday afternoon, the day after her 80th birthday, Springfield resident Sue Blackwood jumped out of an airplane.