A century in time

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

Last week, joined by family members Joy and Dale Smith, Donna McCroan and Ruth and Tommy Sauls – Joy and Ruth are daughters of Beulah – as well as Pastor James Wiley of Oak Grove Church, Jann Stoneback,Velma Frederick and staff from Gulf County Senior Citizens, Clark celebrated the official birthday.

In addition to the local and family festivities, Clark received a card of congratulations from three presidents, Obama and George W. and George H. W. Bush, as well as a mention on the NBC Today show and a shout-out from Scott.

Clark is something of a trailblazer and undoubtedly an example for her six daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces, who took the time to fill more than 100 pages to mark the significant events in the life of Beulah Clark.

“We thank our Lord Jesus for our mother, grandmother, great- and great-great-grandmother’s life and her influence on us every one,” wrote Ruth Sauls in a letter.

Clark filled her 100 years with the quiet grace and goodness that marks her character, as highlighted in the book of memories.

She bore and raised six daughters. She was the heart of the household while her husband sold insurance and worked with the fishermen in the community.

Beulah was an early carrier for the Panama City News Herald and toted her daughters with her on her paper route.

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