Detroit Woman Whose Eviction At 101 Made Headlines Dies

Source: Ann Zaniewski / Detroit Free Press / USA Today

DETROIT — Texana Hollis was 101 when she was evicted from her house on Carbondale Street.

Her story tugged on heartstrings and made headlines. People rallied around her, fighting to get her back home and spending hours painting walls, replacing carpeting and putting in new windows and appliances.

“It meant a lot to her to have the community surround her and support her and love her,” said Hollis’ granddaughter Deborah Hollis-Coburn of Tracy, Calif. “She never expected anything from anybody. She was very, very grateful.”

Hollis, 103, died New Year’s Eve. Her health began to deteriorate earlier in the month, and she entered hospice care on Christmas Eve. She died at the home of her longtime friend and caretaker, Pollian Cheeks.

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