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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 vbrown@opubco.com Modified: December 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm •  Published: December 27, 2012
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Ora E. Holland, the oldest known living Oklahoman, celebrated 112 years of life Saturday with friends and family and all of the spunk of her past several birthdays.

“I'm 112 and that's just about all I know,” said Holland, who recently transitioned from her own home in Tulsa to an assisted living center in Oklahoma City. “I can't live like most people do; I just do the best I can.”

Holland doesn't dwell on her age, and said she doesn't have any secrets for living well past 100.

Her grandson, T.J. Davis, said his grandmother is healthy, active and full of zip.

“She loves to play cards, especially bridge,” Davis said. “She's a card shark, so if there's a mention of playing for money, hide your wallet.”

Holland was born in Missouri on Dec. 24, 1900, to a farming family. The third of 12 siblings, Holland has outlived them all.

She married Thomas Holland, of Broken Arrow, in 1923. The couple were married 18 years.

Holland's daughter, Ruth Davis, lives in Texas. Her only other child was stillborn.

Described by her family and friends as an entrepreneur, Holland started one of the first professional baby-sitting services in Dallas. She also operated a beauty salon for more than a decade.

She lived in Tulsa for about 25 years before relocating to Oklahoma City less than a year ago.

Prior to living in Tulsa, Holland had lived in Texas and in her home state of Missouri.

Until recently, Holland lived on her own, often cooking for herself from scratch and mowing her own lawn.

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