Elizabeth Francis, born in Louisiana, was surrounded by family, friends, and community leaders as she rang in an emotional milestone.
"Blessing of the Lord," she told KTRK for the reason she's lived so long. "He's the one keeping me."
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner stopped by and held her hand. Born in 1909 and remaining healthy over the years, Francis has seen six generations of her family.
“It’s really special because she’s been able to watch and see all of her grandchildren grow up and be a part of their lives,” Ethel Harrison, Francis’ granddaughter, told KTRK.
Just last month, another Texas woman, Hattie Mae Allen, turned 105 in Temple, a three-hour drive from Houston, and, like Francis, she also credited God.
“We put Jesus first," Allen, who still teaches on Sundays, said at the time.
The oldest recorded American lived to be 119 years old, according to data from the Gerontology Research Group.