A South Texas woman marked the 101st anniversary of her arrival in the United States as an infant by finally becoming a citizen of her adopted homeland.

Eulalia Garcia-Maturey took the oath of allegiance Tuesday from a federal magistrate in Brownsville on during a special naturalization ceremony administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The agency says Garcia-Maturey was born in Mexico on Feb. 12, 1909, and arrived in Brownsville with her parents on Oct. 12, 1909. She has lived there ever since, raising two children.

Her family says part of the reason Garcia-Maturey waited so long to take the oath was her husband, who died in 1982, didn't want her to.