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3/10/04 - Gladewater

Woman Turns 109

An East Texas woman turned 109 on Tuesday. Julia Odom of Gladewater was born on March 9, 1895. She lives with her daughter, Virginia Dorrough, who helps her get around in her wheelchair and walker. Dorrough says her mom's secret to living long is working hard and eating a lot of vegetables. But she does splurge sometimes.

"We go out and eat Mexican food once a week and go to the Dairy Queen once a week for chicken baskets," Dorrough said. "So she does quite a bit for 109."

Odom has three children, 11 grandchildren, and she can't even remember how many great-grandchildren.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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