Woman celebrates 105th birthday - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Woman celebrates 105th birthday

Area residents are living longer.

Thelma Johnson celebrated her 105th birthday today. She says, "I'm proud of being happy. I'm proud of living this long. God has blessed me."

Johnson still has a sharp memory. She says, "I remember I had a happy little girl life. We didn't have no money and nothing like that, but I was happy... Go play with that little German girl. We tried to catch a "p fire". Those are the prettiest birds. And still, they're beautiful to me."

She says she likes to play bingo, read the bible, and go out to eat at local restaurants. A nurse with the Craig Methodist Retirement Community says, "You can go up to her, and give her a kiss and a hug. And she'll accept you... You know, like a grandma to all of us here. She's the oldest."

People are living 10 years more than in the 70s. Local doctors say it's largely due to advances in healthcare and early diagnosis for illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

The average person in the panhandle is living into their 80s. Dr. Brian Eades with Women Healthcare Associates says, "I think that one of the most consistent factors, tends to be a life of relatively low stress."

Johnson's advice to young people is to take care of themselves and treat everyone equally with respect. She says, "No hatred in your heart. Keep happy and be, 'you hurt me, but I won't hurt you'."

She plans to, "Keep on living and be happy."

Jessica Abuchaibe, NewsChannel 10.

  • Today's Local News HeadlinesToday's Local NewsMore>>

  • Wednesday's Weather: Light winds with high temps in the low 60s

    Wednesday's Weather: Light winds with high temps in the low 60s

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 7:42 AM EST2017-11-22 12:42:24 GMT
    SOURCE: KFDASOURCE: KFDA

    Weather Outlook for Wednesday, Nov. 22 

    Weather Outlook for Wednesday, Nov. 22 

  • All things happening around Amarillo Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday

    All things happening around Amarillo Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 7:41 AM EST2017-11-22 12:41:28 GMT
    Source: KFDASource: KFDA

    If you're looking for something to do before or after your Thanksgiving dinner, we've got you covered. 

    If you're looking for something to do before or after your Thanksgiving dinner, we've got you covered. 

  • Deputy embracing comedy to solve crimes

    Deputy embracing comedy to solve crimes

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 11:36 PM EST2017-11-22 04:36:50 GMT
    Source: Moore County Crime StoppersSource: Moore County Crime Stoppers

    Moore County Crime Stoppers has put a record number of fugitives behind bars this year, and the group credits its success to a new comedic approach to solving crimes.

    Moore County Crime Stoppers has put a record number of fugitives behind bars this year, and the group credits its success to a new comedic approach to solving crimes.

Powered by Frankly