Born on 3 September 1898, Ponder remembers the appearance of Halley's Comet 100 years ago, and has also appeared in TIME magazine. A faithful Christian, Ponder was the fifth of eight children born to Louis and Nita Chazal.
Ponder states never having ever thought of age, even as she reached her sixties and seventies.
Ponder, who attended the University of Florida and worked as a bookkeeper in her youth, was widowed fifty years ago. She has travelled twice to Europe and wrote her life story at 80. Since being given the chance to vote, she has never missed a presidential election, apart from when she was giving birth to her son, Carswell Ponder, who is now 74.
She has lost her eyesight to macular degeneration, an age-related eye condition, and was hit by a car in 2004 at 106.
She is currently the oldest person in Florida, the ninth-oldest validated living American, and the 23rd oldest validated living person.
4 January 2011 - Onie Ponder sadly passed away on the last day of 2010, 31 December, at the age of 112 years, 119 days, after a bout of pnuemonia.