100 Year-Old Woman Sees The Ocean For The First Time

November 21, 2014

Meet Ruby Holt.

Ruby is a 100-year-old Tennessee native who spent her entire life helping others.

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She raised four children while working in a shirt factory and picking cotton. She always wanted to travel but never had the money or time.

100 year-old woman sees ocean first time
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She mentioned off hand to a nurse at her care facility that she had never been to the ocean. In fact she had only ever left Tennessee once in her life.

100 year-old woman sees ocean first time
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Ruby, who turns 101 in December, was secretly submitted to the Wish of a Lifetime foundation by the staff.

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She was selected by the foundation, and brought to the Perdido Beach Resort in the Gulf of Mexico.

100 year-old woman sees ocean first time
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"I've heard people talk about it and how wonderful it was and wanted to see it, but I never had the opportunity to do so," Ruby said.

100 year-old woman sees ocean first time
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100 year-old woman sees ocean first time
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When asked how the water felt as she felt it for the first time she said, "It's cold!"

100 year-old woman sees ocean first time
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"We don't have nothing like this in Giles County [Tennessee]"

100 year-old woman sees ocean first time
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Happy Birthday, Ruby.

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