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At 112, Oklahoma's Ora Holland is going strong

She celebrated her birthday with friends and family Saturday before turning 112 on Monday.
BY VALLERY BROWN Modified: December 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm •  Published: December 27, 2012

When she turned 100, she bought a new car.

Now, she's sitting back and letting others care for her.

She said her high heels have been replaced by house shoes and she now uses a walker or a wheelchair to get around sometimes. Other than losing her eyesight and hearing somewhat, she said she's in excellent health.

“I don't know how long I'll be here, but I'm here now,” Holland said.

The Rev. Richard Ziglar, executive director of the Northeast Active Timers, a Tulsa-based group that caters to seniors, particularly those older than 100, said there are about 300 known centenarians living in the state.

“Some of them have told me that it's hard work, keeping active or having strong faith that's allowed them to live to as long as they have,” Ziglar said. “Others say it's drinking a glass of wine every day or eating chocolate. ... Some say it's because they're ornery or that they've stayed off medication.”

Ziglar said Holland's spirit and faith are apparent to everyone who knows her.

“We don't know of anyone living in the state who is older than Ora,” he said. “And she's very much with it.”

Lonna Mowles, activities coordinator at Heritage Assisted Living in Oklahoma City, said Holland is quick and witty.

“It's such a pleasure having her here,” Mowles said. “She's as cute as can be, and I love being around her.”