A century in time

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 09:56 AM.

The number 100 had a particularly poignant ring for Beulah Weekes Clark of Port St. Joe last week.

On Jan. 29, after a health scare that worried her daughters, Clark celebrated her 100th birthday, surrounded by family and friends and with congratulations from folks as disparate as Willard Scott of NBC and President Barack Obama.

Last week’s festivities, which included cake that brought a smile to Clark’s face as she gobbled icing with her fingers, was also a cause for celebration for Clark’s extended family tree, which now totals nearly 100, including those who have married into the family.

And if it seemed as if that family had been celebrating for at least 100 days, well, that was an easy assumption given the glorious bound book of memories and photos from family through the years which was presented to Clark on the occasion of her birthday.

“She is still a pretty feisty woman,” said Linda Hamilton, Clark’s nurse from Covenant Hospice, which presented Clark with a banner to commemorate her century on earth.

The birthday celebration began in full on Dec. 29 when an estimated 63 family members gathered in Graceville for the family reunion the extended Clark family has held twice a year for nearly 50 years, a reunion that was encouraged as a way to maintain and strengthen family ties by her husband, the late Judson Douglas Clark, Beulah’s husband.

A second pre-birthday party was held later in the month for those unable to attend the first.

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