Viola Eugenia Clinkinbeard Vanderburgh

Viola Clinkinbeard was born in 1855 in Oregon, ten years after her pioneer Missouri family arrived there as survivors of the infamous Meeks Party.

When she was 24, an unusually large wave lifted a drift log that was lying high upon the strand and rolled it onto her mother, killing her mother instantly.
However, Viola didn't consider this one of her personal catastrophes.

In 1947 an Hawaiian tidal wave swept her off her daughter's porch while having breakfast.
The newspaper reported what the 90-year-old thought about it while she recuperated in the local hospital:

"I've lived a long life," she said calmly.
"I hardly expect to die in bed, after the events I've lived through." (but keep reading!)
Viola's calamities started with Indian attacks on the Oregon village in which she lived and the constant fear of scalpings she and her family lived under until law and order was finally established in the northwest.
Moving to San Francisco to start out anew, she arrived just in time for the San Francisco fire and earthquake in 1906.
With the advent of the horseless carriage, Viola managed to get into two automobile wrecks and come out unscathed.
In 1941, she arrived by boat to visit her sister in Honolulu, Hawaii just as bombs were dropping over Pearl Harbor.
In 1945, Viola decided to fly to Hawaii. According to her:

"I'd ridden everything from a stage coach to the new fluid drive automobiles, and I've been aboard all sorts of ships from clippers to the latest luxury liners, so I decided to try the airplane!" she said, with a grin.
"We left on the 13th of the month and of course, we developed engine trouble half way across the Pacific and had to turn back!
Then I arrived for the tidal wave.
There ought to be a warning out every time I change my residence!"
Still active and alert, she spent her time at the hospital recuperating from the minor bruises sustained during the tidal wave, reading Time magazine and detective stories.
Five years earlier, Viola wrote in her diary:

"My greatest ambition, when a child, was to become a spy. I had read the Nurse and Spy, a thrilling war time story, a genuine Civil War production, describing the horrors, as well as her great help in winning. A wonderful woman also a wonderful spy.
I will soon be 85 years old, and if I could gain knowledge of Hitler's intentions, that would be of assistance to the Allies, in this terrible war. Still think I'd love to be a spy."

Ten years later, Viola Eugenia Clinkenbeard Vanderburgh died peacefully in bed - 23 days after her 100th birthday.