She became the oldest person from Scotland following Alexina Calvert's death on 19 September 2008, just two days before her 110th birthday.
She moved to Edinburgh, where she currently resides today, after leaving school at 14. Working as a table-maid for most of her life, Turnbull moved into Victoria Manor Care Home prior to her 110th birthday, in 2008. Her secret to long life is said to be hard work and a daily glass of sherry.
She is stated to have two daughters, four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
9 September 2010: Annie Turnbull has died. Her death on 2 September 2010 means she finishes her life at 111 years, 346 days old. She was the UK's oldest person for 48 days. The title now goes to Elsie Steele (b. 6 January 1899).
12 September 2010: Annie Turnbull's death date has been corrected as being 3 September 2010, meaning she died at age 111 years, 347 days.