PEMBROKE PINES (CBSMiami) – Beulah Murdoch celebrated 100 years of life surrounded by family and friends in her Pembroke Pines home.

It’s was a celebration, crafted with love which marked an unexpected milestone.

“We are still flabbergasted because it’s just…I would say a miracle ,” said her daughter Juliette Murdoch.

A miracle, said her daughter, not just because so few people reach this age but also because about a year ago, Beulah was comatose with a mysterious illness doctors couldn’t diagnose.  All they could give her was two weeks to live.

Click here to watch Irika Sargent’s report. 

“We just started making funeral arrangements. Everybody was coming in to town to spend a little time with her,” said Juliette.

Beulah somehow recovered and apart from a little hearing loss, she is living well now with a sense of humor about her birthday.

CBS4’s Irika Sargent asked Beulah what is her secret  to a long life.

“I can’t tell that to you,” said Beulah.

While she’s not divulging exactly how she’s managed to make it this long, she won’t take all the credit either.

“Trust in the Lord and do good,” said Beulah.

It’s a faith that runs strongly through her family starting from when she grew up in Jamaica.

What’s a party without a surprise guest?

Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank Ortis stopped by with a special proclamation for the birthday girl.

Friends and family all hope for more milestones ahead for Beulah and perhaps 100 years of their own to celebrate.

“I have high hopes,” said Juliette. “If I can get there and be as in good health as she is then it’s welcome.”


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