Oklahoma City resident celebrates 113th birthday

Oklahoma City resident Ora Holland celebrates her 113th birthday.
by Matt Patterson Published: December 25, 2013

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.

by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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