Ora Holland gave up mowing her own lawn when she was in her 90s, but she bought a new car when she was 100.
Now that she's 113, she's more likely to spend her days playing bridge.
Holland celebrated her birthday on Christmas Eve and is believed to be the oldest person in Oklahoma.
“I can't see or hear like I used to, but I'm getting by,” she said.
She sometimes needs a walker or wheelchair to get around, but needs no help rising from her chair to greet visitors.
She grew up on a farm in rural Missouri, the third of 12 children. She has outlived all her siblings. She married Thomas Holland in 1923, and they were married 18 years. She has a daughter, Ruth Davis, who lives in Texas, and a grandson, T.J. Davis, who lives in Oklahoma City.
Her grandson visits her at Heritage Assisted Living Center in far northwest Oklahoma City, near Yukon.
“She's still very alert and can answer questions as long as people speak slowly and clearly,” Davis said. “She's a very impressive person who has seen a lot in her lifetime.”
Holland was once a hairstylist and said she started one of the first baby-sitting services in the Dallas area. She also has lived in Broken Arrow and Tulsa.
Her childhood Christmases and birthdays were far from lavish, Holland recalls.
“We didn't have a lot of extra things in those days,” she said. “There wasn't a lot left over for Christmas presents and things like that.”
From a historical perspective, Holland was 3 when the Wright Brothers made their first manned flight and 13 when World War I broke out.
According to the Gerontology Research Group, Holland is the ninth-oldest person in the United States. The oldest is Jeralean Talley, of Michigan, who turned 114 on May 23. Misao Okawa, a woman who lives in Japan, is the oldest known person in the world, born March 5, 1898.