Austin woman turns 106

Saturday, Alice Holland reached a huge milestone when she turned 106 years young.

Holland was born and raised in Jewett, Texas, and worked as a nanny for Lyndon B. Johnson's children for several years.

"I'm happy I'm still here and I'm going to stay till I lay because I'm nice to people, and I'm happy that I'm still here, and I'm going to hang on," Holland said.

This year Holland celebrated her birthday with her close friends and family.

President Barack Obama has been writing Holland happy birthday letters for the last six years. That's extra special for Alice after living through segregation and the death of Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Throughout her years she's never seen or heard of a black president in her life," said Bertha Johnson, Alice’s daughter.

Alice's family said she is still active and aware of what's going on around her.

“Bring her out here right now, turn the music on, she’ll probably start dancing for you,” Holland’s nephew Artie Jones said.

She credits her good fortune to her good karma and that's something she teaches to everyone she knows.

“Her attitude, the way she is… She always says, ‘I lived to be this long because I'm always good to people,’ and that is really true. You really get your blessings being kind to people. You really will and that really inspires me,” said Holland’s goddaughter Sharon Williams. 

“You walk up to her and she still knows you and that's, to be 106 and you still know your family and your peers that come around you, man, that's a miracle,” Jones said. 

Alice's family is hoping to take her to the White House within her lifetime. She is the oldest living member of her family thus far.
 

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