Ruth Lincoln was born on September 30, 1897 on a farm ten miles outside Oklahoma City. She is a graduate of Oklahoma A & M, currently Oklahoma State University. Lincoln lived in Paragould, Batesville, Little Rock and Van Buren, where she and her late husband, Ben Lincoln, assisted the development of the county library. She is the grandmother of Dr. Steve Lincoln, the husband of Senator Blanche Lincoln. She spoke at the Clinton School when she was 109 years old. She died at her Little Rock home on Thursday, September 17, 2009. She would have turned 112 on Sept. 30.