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Oklahoma City resident celebrates 113th birthday

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

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.”

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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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