AUSTIN, Texas — Austin native Elizabeth Morris is 104 years old. She was born in 1918.
"November the 28th. Thanksgiving Day. 11 in the morning, just in time for lunch!" said Morris.
She lives at the Brookdale assisted living facility. Morris gave up her own home when she was 99 but not the bragging rights. When she turned 100 and 103, she received proclamations from Gov. Greg Abbott. The White House also congratulated Morris.
"I got a letter from Trump and I got a letter from Biden," she said.
She keeps the letters next to her chair. To her, they're mementos of a life well lived; a life that also had its ups and downs. Morris's husband died at a young age, leaving her to raise their three sons.
"It was hard on them when they were little. I decided to move back to Austin because that's where I was born and raised. I had to just go on," said Morris.
She spent years working in the construction business to support her family. Part of her job was handing out paychecks to workers at the construction sites. Morris recounts one day when things got a little testy handing out those checks.
"They told me I'd have to climb the ladder to give it to them. I said, 'I'm sorry. I'll take your checks back to the office.' They said, 'OK, we're not going to come down.' And I said, 'I'm not coming up!'"
Even with a busy work schedule Morris always made time for her three boys.
"I went to ballgames on Thursday night. Sometime I'd think, 'I just can't go to another ballgame!'" she said.
"Was it different raising kids back then?" reporter Todd Boatwright asked.
"Oh, yes. The schools were just different. I would always take them to their room. Instead of letting them run out to the car, I'd go get them," said Morris.
Her sons are past retirement age now. And like so many years ago as a single mother, Morris still has a support system. She says it's her family and faith that keep her moving.
"As long as I can go, I'm going! I've been very blessed. I've had a very good life," she said.