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Woman turns 101 shortly after first trip to ocean

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Ruby Holt, a 100-year-old Tennessee native, walks on the beach for the first time in her life in Orange Beach, AL. AP photo Ruby Holt, a 100-year-old Tennessee native, walks on the beach for the first time in her life in Orange Beach, AL. AP photo
Ruby Holt, a 100-year-old Tennessee native, reflects as she sees the ocean for the first time in her life. AP photo Ruby Holt, a 100-year-old Tennessee native, reflects as she sees the ocean for the first time in her life. AP photo
The Brookdale Senior Living and Wish of a Lifetime organizations both provided Holt a wish of her choice. She chose to see the ocean for the first time. AP photo The Brookdale Senior Living and Wish of a Lifetime organizations both provided Holt a wish of her choice. She chose to see the ocean for the first time. AP photo

COLUMBIA, TN (AP) - A woman who made news around the nation last month when she visited the ocean for the first time at the age of 100 has turned 101.

Ruby Holt spent most of her life on a farm in rural Tennessee, picking cotton and raising four children. When workers at Brookdale Senior Living Solutions in Columbia found out she had never been to the beach, they filled out an application with the Wish of a Lifetime organization.

The application was accepted, and last month, Holt took a trip to the Gulf of Mexico.

On Friday, Columbia Mayor Dean Dickey joined Holt's 101st birthday celebration, proclaiming the day "Ruby Holt Day" in that city.

The proclamation referenced the media coverage of Holt's trip to the ocean and called her "our local celebrity."

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